Hide Your Hoodie & R.I.P. Trayvon Martin.

Via Janet Auty-Carlisle
on Mar 24, 2012
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By now, most people will have heard something about the Trayvon Martin murder.

Trayvon was 17. His crime? Walking down the streets of Florida wearing a hoodie and carrying a package of skittles. He was gunned down by a man who was part of his neighborhood watch program. As the young man lay screaming, asking for help, quickly losing his life, the only person who could help him survive was the same person who shot him. By the time the EMS people showed up Trayvon lay dead in a pool of his own blood.

His family would not know that he had been murdered for another three days, despite his father calling the police and reporting him missing. The man who shot him pled self-defense and remains free to this date—more than a month later, he has not been charged.

This murder has led to a huge backlash from civil rights leaders. Even the President has weighed in on this, as well he should. This is not a black vs. white issue, in my humble opinion. This is a human condition issue. Mr Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon, said that he was concerned for his neighborhood, that the kid looked suspicious, that he acted out of self-defense.

What it sounds like to me is that the guy let his fear take over. He believed what he read in the media, saw on TV, listened to on the radio and he took it seriously.

Look around: gated communities, locked gates, locked doors… Fear is everywhere if you let it in.

This is one big, beautiful world full of amazing people doing great things and I bet Trayvon was one of those people making change.

Wake up! Stop the fear! If you’re afraid, turn off your tv, radio, Internet, put away your papers and get out into your community, connect up with those beautiful people and you might see things in a new light.

Just go… there’s too much at stake not to.

R.I.P. Trayvon Martin.


Editor: Andrea B.


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8 Responses to “Hide Your Hoodie & R.I.P. Trayvon Martin.”

  1. Sara says:

    This commentary misses the mark. Yes, at its base, this is an issue of human fear. However, Americans are consistently encouraged to direct their fear along racial lines. The hoodie has been a staple of middle class wardrobes for decades (and now many wealthy people wear them, too). Yet, despite the very real class divide that exists in our country, people do not associate hoodies with white middle class teenagers or farmers or construction workers or even college students. They associate them with minority “thugs.” Why? We have to ask ourselves why, we have to stare these problems right in the face and address the power structures that mold our fear. Turning off the TV will help, but how many Americans will really do that? Let’s discuss more realistic solutions. Yes, let’s talk about fear, but let’s NEVER EVER dismiss racial issues–especially when they result in bloody murder.

  2. Interesting says:

    Exactly! The hoodie issue has trivialized and diminished the reality Zimmerman is a child murderer. Trayvon was not running down the street with a television. And if he so, Zimmerman had no authority to apprehend him. I am not at this point entirely convinced there ever was a mob of black males robbing and stealing in the community. I am frankly thinking this is the age old "blame it on a black person" wolf cry.
    Zimmerman followed the child, accosted him, questioned him and morethan likely was told to back off. He I am certain became physical–he already was hyped up–he exited his vehicle. The fact he remains at large is a testimony regarding the value of black life in America. I have no idea why anyone would even bother to remain in America as a black person. It is like living in a cage. Blamed for everything free to do nothing.

  3. mwashington says:

    Thank you, Sara. I am so grief-stricken and angry, and you cut right to the heart of it and speak truthfully. So, thank you.

  4. kwilder says:

    Great article!

    You may be interested in my post

    Five Reasons The 99% Wear Hoodies
    (and Geraldo Rivera and The 1% Don’t)

    It's at onthewilderside.com http://www.onthewilderside.com/2012/03/25/why-ger

  5. Stranger says:

    I didn’t mean to do it

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