Walk held at Hamilton College inspired by Florida's Trayvon Martin case


CLINTON, N.Y. (WKTV) - An unarmed teen who was fatally shot just weeks ago in Florida is still capturing headlines. Communities coast to coast have rallied around this case and on Friday, a community close to home walked to make their statement.

A couple dozen students and faculty members marched along a path Friday at Hamilton College in Clinton to help show support for Trayvon Martin and his family, as well as to help promote racial equality.

Christopher Delacruz, vice-president of the Black and Latino student union at Hamilton College said, "Racial profiling is an issue that affects everyone. While Trayvon Martin may be the biggest case, it's one of many cases that happen everyday."

The walk was held to honor a 17 year old Florida teen who was shot and killed last month. The man who shot Trayvon Martin claims the teen had the hood from his sweatshirt on his head and said he looked "suspicious" when contacting 911.

"We decided to have a "I Am Not Suspicious" walk," explained Delacruz. "We wanted to make a statement through the walk that appearances, and wearing hoodies and other stereotypes that can be found in inner city and urban cultures that, that is not a suspicious thing."

The Black and Latino Student Union at Hamilton College did just that, organized a walk, like the dozens that have taken place across the nation. Organizers say it's all being done to to draw attention to an issue they say is more than just the Trayvon Martin case.

"There are a lot of Americans out there who are affected by racial profiling and it can lead to a lot of things like bullying, and in very extreme, unfortunate cases, death," Delacruz said.

If there is one message the group of students and staff really want to draw attention to, Delacruz says, "At the very least, we want to bring attention to the fact that racial profiling is still a significant issue in America today."

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