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Trayvon Martin Verdict Sparks Rallies In Nashville

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by Chris Conte

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The "not guilty" verdict in the George Zimmerman trial sparked rallies in support of Trayvon Martin across Nashville on Sunday.

"A lot of us feel that justice system has failed people of color in this country and we feel like if Trayvon would've been white, this wouldn't have happened," explained 28-year-old Lindsey Krinks as she was making a sign that read "What Killed Trayvon" on Sunday.

Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges Saturday in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.

On the steps of the Tennessee State Capitol Sunday evening, the conversation among over 100 attendees was about the kinds of racial divides the case exposed. 

"To anyone who says America is post racial we're holding up these kind of signs and we're out here saying we're not post racial, racism still exists," Krinks added.

Zimmerman, 29, blinked and barely smiled when the verdict was announced. He could have been convicted of second-degree murder or manslaughter, but the jury of six women, all but one of them white, reached a verdict of not guilty after deliberating well into the night Saturday.

"It doesn't matter if you're black or white, no one should be racially profiled because of the color of their skin or what they're wearing at the time of the moment," said Kendal Smith who attended the rally.

Organizers used social media to put the rally together with just a few hours notice. 

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