ARLINGTON - About 40 students, professors and other members of the community gathered outside the Tarrant County College Southeast Campus Wednesday afternoon in response to the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida.

This guy is guilty of murder, student Dennis Swanson told the crowd. Yes he is.

Swanson called the man who shot Martin nothing more than a vigilante. George Zimmerman, the shooter, has not been charged.

While facts of the case drip out slowly, students and professors search for meaning in it.

A TCC instructor told the crowd Trayvon Martin's death, no matter what the details turn out to be, offers America a fresh opportunity for reflection on race and fear.

We really have to ask ourselves the question: Do we really treat people the way we would like to be treated? asked associate professor Garrison Henderson, an African-American who teaches sociology and criminal justice.

Henderson said he uses the case to focus on so-called stand your ground laws, that permit the use of deadly force.

The crowd outside the school was mostly African-American, despite a diverse student population on the campus.

On another campus, a cartoon commentary on news coverage of the case opened racial wounds.

The drawing in the UT Austin newspaper shows a woman telling her young daughter, and then the big, bad white man killed the handsome, sweet, innocent colored boy.

A student drew it, and the paper defended the right to publish opinions.

Many UT students recoiled at the language.

I think she needs to go through some kind of diversity training, as with any other organization here on campus, said Jasmine Kyles.


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