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USF students rally in support of Michael Brown

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Students at USF couldn't take the images of chaos for a moment longer, not without picking up a microphone.

"I've been very disappointed," said Dain McGlashion, a junior at USF. "As far as the community, I feel as if we should present ourselves in a mature manner. We should present ourselves as non-violent."

About five dozen students stood on marble slabs, on which were written Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, to say they had a dream of feeling safe.

"Where did that fear come from for that man to shoot him like that?" asked Darrell Coleman. "The first couple of bullets were alright, but the last four comes out of a fear or hatred or something."

They stood here as cable news channels obsessed over details of an autopsy released of Michael Brown, that showed he was shot six times, likely in the front of his body.

Some pundits said it showed he was surrendering, others that he was charging towards the officer.

"Justice still needs to be taking place whether he was running towards the officer," said McGlashion. "I feel something else could have been done."

Others breathed heavier fire, insisting to some applause that Brown's death indicates the black community is under full-fledged assault by the powerful -- locally, and across the nation.

Some argued against the notion that our oldest racial wounds have healed.

"There's a lot going on in the world right now where you might feel like you are hated, and for a lot of us, that will make us afraid," said one speaker. "But more than afraid, it needs to like she said, it needs to make you mad."

The rally ended with a "hands up, don't shoot" pose.

Darrell Coleman will be a senior engineering student, and says he wants to live in a world where the prevailing feeling is love, and not chaos or fear or even hate -- all of which are emotions bubbling to the surface.

"I think it takes a man to love in a situation like this, amidst the chaos, amidst the hate, turmoil, all of that, it takes a man to stand up, and Martin Luther King was one of those men," Coleman said.

The rally today was held by the USF chapter of the NAACP, and they have more rallies planned this weekend.


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