ANDERSON, Ind. — A few years ago, Lindsay Brown was in line at a home improvement store. A white man also in line approached Brown, who is black, and apologized. Brown was confused.
“I finally understand what your people have gone through for years,” the man said.
The man was a former steel worker, and with the economic downturn, had been unable to find work. Brown felt for the man, but he also came to a realization: sometimes it takes a bad situation for everyone to bring attention to mistreatment that’s been happening for decades.
Brown and other black community leaders will lead a rally today to bring attention to injustices that are still happening, including, they say, the verdict of not guilty for George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin murder case. Brown, president of the Madison County Urban League, is arranging the event in conjunction with the National Action Network’s 100 Cities Across America Rally for Civil Rights set for today.
Brown and other organizers are expecting a large turnout for the noon rally, which will be held at the Madison County Government Center, 16 E. Ninth St. There will be speeches from the Unity Coalition, pastors and other community leaders. He said he wants the rally to be positive and motivational, not angry or vengeful.
“It’s sad that things like this need to happen to try to get things corrected, but sometimes these things can be a blessing in disguise,” Brown said. “Now, everyone can actually see it.”
A second rally was announced Friday. Set for 10 a.m. Saturday at the government center, a group calling itself Friends of Trayvon have said they will walk around the government center to protest “stand your ground” laws. Florida had the first such law which allows citizens to use self-defense if they feel they are being confronted by deadly force or imminent danger.