Most protests were peaceful, with sporadic touches of violence in Oakland, Los Angeles and New York. Public outrage over Zimmerman acquittal were largely peaceful as demonstrators voiced their support for 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s family and decried Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict as a miscarriage of justice. Police in Los Angeles said they arrested six people, mostly for failure to disperse, after about 80 protesters gathered in Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard and an unlawful assembly was declared.
In Oakland, where the police were reportedly told to stand down, members of the media were attacked, as were drivers on the Interstate.
The New York Police Department said it arrested at least a dozen people on disorderly conduct charges during a rally in Times Square.
In other parts of the country, there were isolated incidents of violence. In Baltimore, a man was beaten by a group of “black youths” shouting, “This is for Trayvon.”
The Trayvon Martin memorial riots are in full swing. They should be a wakeup call for America. One hundred years ago, we were told that America was the great melting pot. It did not matter where you came from, when you got to America, you became an American.
As we watch the riots in California and violence in other places, it is time we place the blame for the violence where it belongs: It is racism. It is the racism of the racial grievance industry. And it is time we change the way we do things in America. We are all Americans.