Thousands of people took to the streets in cities across the country over the weekend following George Zimmerman’s acquittal on charges in the murder of Trayvon Martin. The demonstrations were largely peaceful and brought people together to mourn Martin’s death as the latest marker in a long history of violence brought against black bodies. Historian Jelani Cobb summed up the sense of injustice at the New Yorker on Saturday night when he wrote, “To be black at times like this is to see current events on a real-time ticker, a Dow Jones average measuring the quality of one’s citizenship.”
Below are some of the most poignant images of the weekend’s protests.
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New York, New York
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A protestor recieves treatment after being pepper sprayed by police.
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Protestors burn an American flag. (Photo credit: John Alson @JohnAlstonABC7)
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Los Angeles, Calif.
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