How Will Trayvon Martin Case Impact Race Relations In San Diego?
Monday, July 22, 2013
Aired 7/22/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Lei-Chala Wilson, President, NAACP San Diego Branch
Brian Pollard, Community Activist
Mychal Odom, Historian, UC San Diego Graduate Student Dept. of History
Justice for Trayvon Martin rallies were held over the weekend in 100 cities across the nation, including San Diego.
The rallies came one day after President Barack Obama made some powerful and personal statements about race and the verdict in the killing of the African American teen from Florida.
"There are very few African American men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me," he said.
But, the president's words broadened the issue and invited the nation to explore how race still affects our judgements, our actions and our daily lives.
Today, we'll take a look at race relations in San Diego.