Wear Your Hoodie to Join the Million Hoodies in Support of Trayvon Martin
In case you haven’t heard about it or seen the many posts on Facebook and Twitter about him, Trayvon Martin was a 17-year old African American teen who lived in Sanford, Florida. Sadly, on February 26, 2012, George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon because he felt that his life was in danger. As the facts have been pouring in, it seems more and more likely that Zimmerman, a white man, was not actually threatened at all, and instead, this was a racial hate crime.
According to the police call, Zimmerman saw Trayvon walking through his neighborhood and called the police. He claimed Trayvon was threatening because he was wearing a hoodie and had something in his hand.
“There’s a real suspicious guy,” Zimmerman said about Trayvon. “This guy looks like he’s up to no good, on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around looking about…. These a**holes always get away.”
Zimmerman followed Trayvon through the neighborhood, despite the police dispatcher’s urges for him not to do so. He then shot and killed Trayvon with a nine-millimeter handgun. Zimmerman claimed Trayvon had been carrying something: As it turns out, it was only a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea.
Many people are outraged at the injustice of the attack itself, but many more are even more upset because Zimmerman has not been arrested for his crime.
So, in order to protest this, a movement has been started. It is the Million Hoodies March 21, 2012. If you want to join, the march will take place in NYC and marchers will meet in Union Square. If you want to join the protest but do not live in New York City, you can wear a hoodie today and upload a picture of yourself to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, using the hashtag #millionhoodies. There is also a petition on Change.org that you can sign.
Today is the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Let’s remember Trayvon and try to make some progress towards this goal.