SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Groups in communities nationwide came together to protest the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman case. One crowd gathered near Syracuse's Columbus Square Sunday.
Residents along with members of the Syracuse Answer Coalition and Women Organized to Resist and Defend took part in the protest. They say they believe George Zimmerman targeted Trayvon Martin because he was black, a belief plays into one of their more controversial viewpoints. The protestors claim that there is a pattern of racism in the nation's justice system. One woman we spoke with says change has to begin with individuals.
"Look deep down inside of themselves and say, 'In what ways have I imbibed or taken these ideas about black people? In what ways do they color my own experience and how I treat people.' So we need to target institutions, but people also need to do some serious introspection and reflection about why you feel that way," said Nikeeta Slade, one of the organizers of Sunday's protest.
Organizers say they'd also like to see more programs aimed at distributing wealth more evenly among minority communities and giving students more access to educational opportunities.