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Cedar Rapids Reacts to Zimmerman Verdict
Updated: Sunday, July 14 2013, 06:45 PM CDT
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) – It wasn’t the outcome that Rev. William Perkins was looking for.
“We just pray that God would give us all the strength that we might be able to move forward,” said Rev. Perkins.
Because Trayvon Martin’s death was one that hit home in Cedar Rapids. Nearly 1,300 miles from where the 17-year-old was killed.
“It’s very scary, because I’ve got little brothers. I’ve got nephews, cousins,” said Rev. Perkin’s grandson Brandon Carr.
“And as a mother, I can just imagine the pain that she’s going through and that the father is going through because you lost your son, no matter how it happened,” said Cedar Rapids resident Rita Robinson.
Today, religious leaders like Rev. Perkins are giving sermons of compassion and understanding, even in the wake of a verdict that many of the people who attend their churches think is unjust.
“The bottom line is we hope there is no more violence,” said Rev. Perkins. “We hope there are no retaliations.”
“We as people of color are not going to behave in an unchristian way,” said Robinson.
“Don’t fight with anger and punches and all that,” said 17-year-old Grace Jambibi. “Fight with love. Love overcomes everything.”
But some say the Zimmerman trial and verdict still drives a wedge through a diverse American population.
“White, black, it just separates them even more and builds more tension in between them both,” said Carr.
“I don’t know any African-American female or mother that doesn’t tell her son, her African-American son, to be careful when they move in a society,” said Cedar Rapids resident Betty Daniels.