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‘Nothing more than a modern day lynching’: NAACP convention, held just miles from site of George Zimmerman trial, becomes an unofficial ‘Justice For Trayvon’ rally

  • NAACP convention currently being held in central Florida

  • Eric Holder, who is speaking on Tuesday at the convention, called Trayvon’s death a ‘tragic, unnecessary shooting’ on Monday

  • FBI report on The Smoking Gun describes Zimmerman not as a racist but as suffering a ‘hero complex’

It may be mere coincidence that the NAACP’s annual convention is being held in central Florida, but the organization is making the most of it by issuing rallying cries and demanding ‘justice’ for Trayvon Martin.

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The self-defense ‘not guilty’ verdict of George Zimmerman, who shot and killed the unarmed black teen in February 2012, was delivered less than 30 miles from the convention site in Orlando. And speakers made sure the hundreds of assembled NAACP members knew that federal charges against the exonerated Zimmerman were among the group’s top priorities.

Describing the events in nearby Sanford, Florida as a sign that African-Americans face ‘times of great peril,’ NAACP president Benjamin Jealous said that blacks ‘feel it every time we see one of our young sons … walk out the door and pull his hoodie up.’

The Orlando Sentinel reported that Jealous told reporters after his keynote speech Monday that when he heard the verdict read, live on television, ‘the first thing I did was walk over to my son’s crib and lift him up and I listened to him breathe. And then I began to cry.’

SiriusXM radio host Joe Madison, known to his fans as ‘The Black Eagle,’ lashed out at Zimmerman and the court that allowed him to walk free.

Trayvon Martin’s death, he said, was ‘nothing more than a modern day lynching. George Zimmerman became the judge, jury and executioner.’

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