Trayvon Martin Rally Brings Racism Issues to Light

"I've been called the n-word before. I've been harrassed by the police at least once," says Marcus Rucks.

The Reno High School student says he can relate to Trayvon Martin who was recently killed in Florida.

"This kid was just like me, he was the same age as me, he was African-American," says Rucks.

"My son is targeted and singled out because of who he is and what he looks like. That's the same problem that Trayvon Martin's family is dealing with," says Marcus' mother Melanie Lopez.

Marcus and Melanie were joined by dozens of people speaking out for justice for Trayvon Martin at the Federal Building in downtown Reno on Saturday. It's one of numerous rallies taking place around the country over the weekend.

As a symbol of solidarity, many people at the rally were holding skittles and iced tea, the two things they say Trayvon was holding when he was killed. They hope their message is heard loud and clear.

"There's still racial profiling that goes on. It's still a hugely segregated city and prejudice and racism are still a problem," says Bob Fulkerson.

"It's not going to start that discourse necessarily, but if it gives one or two people the courage to talk to someone about it and reassess their own assumptions, then I think we've done something," says Dawn Adams.

Marcus believes something positive can come out of Trayvon's death if it causes people to change their views towards racism.

"It's good that this story is being shown to everybody. People need to see it and I wish that was the case more often," says Rucks.

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