Pro-Trayvon Martin protesters reprimanded a man trying to associate gay rights with a racially charged murder trial during a weekend rally in Washington D.C.
The man at the protest spoke about the “oppression” of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community at the rally using a megaphone, prompting a woman also at the protest to take a megaphone and blast him and his comments, according to the Blaze.
The rallies came in response to a Florida jury’s not-guilty verdict for George Zimmerman, who was tried for second-degree murder, after he shot and killed a 17-year-old black male, Trayvon Martin, in late February, according to the Daily Nation.
The jury’s decision was released Saturday evening, letting the 29-year-old Peruvian and white man — who was not a police officer but followed Trayvon through a gated community in Sanford, Fla. — go free.
Protests ensued across the country following the verdict. Protesters claimed the Zimmerman’s release reflected continuing racist attitudes in the United States.
People in the one of the country’s larger protests in New York held signs that read "Jail racist killers, not black youth," and "We are all Trayvon. The whole d--- system is guilty."
The man promoting the LGBT cause at the Washington D.C. protest said the case related to more than just racism in America.
“The case of Trayvon Martin makes something abundantly clear ... there’s democracy in this country for a group of people, for the 1 percent, and the rest of us, the working class, black and brown people, LBGTQ people, we don’t get democracy,” he said.
He continued to tie the case of Martin to white supremacy.
“We get capitalism, we get white supremacy, we get homophobia and LGBTQ oppression,” he said.” We’ve got to change that, and if there’s any question about, do we have democracy in this country, I think the case of Trayvon Martin answers that question very clearly.”
A woman protester, infuriated by the gay-rights advocate, chastised him for trying to relate the murder case to the LGBT community’s goals.
“I would just like to say, this is not about no d--- LGBTQ, it ain’t about none of that ... sir, I’m sorry,” she said. “This is about a black kid getting shot down because he was black.”