Social Media and Trayvon Martin

Tallahassee, FL -- March 26, 2012 --
by Lanetra Bennett

Many people I spoke to say regardless of the outcome in the Trayvon Martin story, it has opened a dialogue that's long overdue - racial profiling.

There's. now , a Facebook page called "a million hoodies for Trayvon Martin." and many say it speaks to a much larger issue.

When you look at this young man... What do you see?

He's black, and wearing a hoodie...

Many see him as an invitation to get shot, they say just like Trayvon Martin.

Tallahassee resident Brian Lewis says, "You can't wear hoodies anymore at daylight, nighttime. Does that supposed to matter? What if you're in a bad area wearing a hoodie? Is that suspicious? That's just blasphemy."

Reports show that George Zimmerman thought 17-year-old Martin looked suspicious, before the self-proclaimed neighborhood watchman killed the unarmed teen in Sanford, Florida...

Martin was wearing a hoodie.

People everywhere are wearing hoodies to show support for his family.

Tallahassee resident Ian Powell says, "It's a peaceful way to show how they feel about the whole situation. I think it's a good idea. It shows that it's not just criminals who walk around with their hoods up trying to hide their face."

Alexandra Gonzalez happened to be wearing a hoodie because she says it was easy to put on...

She's never heard of Trayvon Martin, but, agrees with the "hoodie movement."

Gonzalez says, "If a white person wore a hoodie with a hood up, less people would think that they were suspicious; as opposed to the black person with their hood up. People shouldn't stereotype."

Tallahassee resident Ethan Dvriend adds, "I saw a picture of a little boy who had skittles in his pocket, an iced tea in one hand and a sign in his other hand, saying, 'I'm wearing a hoodie. Do you want to shoot me? It made me feel really sad actually."

And speaking of those Facebook picture posts: Tallahassee City Commissioner Andrew Gillum is among those donning a hoodie.

He posted this to his page last week.

In a statement to WCTV, Gillum said, "Let's hope that real learning and societal change will come from this moment of national outrage - otherwise all show of solidarity would be a loss."

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  • by REALLY ??? on Mar 27, 2012 at 01:23 PM
    Hoodies,,,the root of all evil
  • by Johnny on Mar 27, 2012 at 08:54 AM
    Was it a racist murder when Rachel Hoffman and Vincent Binder were killed, and was it racist, thrown in the media. We still cant believe killing a woman on top of that, but it does sound kind of racist
  • by AD Location: Valdosta on Mar 27, 2012 at 07:44 AM
    Gerry-- you should look in the mirror.
  • by Phys49 Location: Valdosta on Mar 27, 2012 at 07:13 AM
    Why wasn't my comment posted?
  • by Frank on Mar 27, 2012 at 06:41 AM
    What happens if Zimmerman is found to be innocent? (which, by the way, he is, until proven guilty) Will the marchers just pack up and go home? I doubt it. Will a jury be too scared of what will happen that they vote him guilty, even though they think he is innocent and isn't it illegal for the Black Panther Party to offer a bounty ($10,000 last I heard.)on Zimmerman?
  • by Man Shoes on Mar 27, 2012 at 06:31 AM
    All you whining about how he was just a kid?!! That "kid" was 6'3" and 200lbs. Many a young man his age have killed and attacked people. If Zimmerman had been the one killed in this attack you limp wristers wouldnt care on drop. 17 is no little Erkle chess nerd. I know It wasn't that long ago I was 17 and myself had been in several street fights, some of them with grown men. He was not some boyscout out helping old ladies across the road and looking to get a merit badge. I feel Zimmerman had every right in the world to ask this "kid" "little angel" what he was doing in this gated community. All Tra had to say was "I'm visiting Mrs_______ with my father. Instead Tray decided to be a big man and jump someone. You put yourself in a mans shoes and you have to carry the responsibilities and consequences. Jump me for asking you a question and see if you don't get the same treatment! Bet you do! He wasn't shot in the back while running away, he was shot at close range. RIP Slim. No more punching bus drivers either.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 27, 2012 at 05:31 AM
    You must first learn to spell correctly before you decide that you are going to rant and rave about an issue that you clearly have no experience dealing with. Walk in the shoes of my people for one day and tell me that you weren't treated differently just because of the color of your skin. Trayvon was NOT walking into a bank with his hood up, he was walking home! That's the difference you closed minded people seem to overlook.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 28, 2012 at 04:24 AM in reply to
      Even Jesse Jackson said he was glad to see a white face when he looked over his shoulder while walking down the street.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 1, 2012 at 10:23 PM in reply to
      All Trayvon had to do was say who he was visiting. It was not his home at the gated community and he was visiting. But he chose not to handle the situation intelligently. Maybe the pot he used affected his thinking processes? Or maybe Martin anti-social behavior caused beating up a 28 year old man? A football player over 6 feet tall knows how to tackle someone. Martin was on suspension and had a history of problems. Zimmerman was on neighborhood watch and had every right to monitor the area. So, Zimmerman would not have known a visitor to the gated community and needed to be suspicious. This event is not deep and you should be able to handle these concepts.
  • by NOMNOM on Mar 27, 2012 at 05:26 AM
    If this was a black on black crime we wouldn't have ever heard about this. Another Gang shooting last night and this is still on top page. Get over yourselves people.
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      by Black flag on Mar 27, 2012 at 10:25 AM in reply to NOMNOM
  • by Just?Me Location: Edge of Reality on Mar 27, 2012 at 05:15 AM
    So the two steps forward that we have made requiring people to remove their hood upon entering a bank are now going to become three steps backwards because it might hurt someones feelings to have to comply with a law that is being applied to everyone equally, without regard to race or skin color? How has this poor, pitiful me complex permeated an entire culture so completely that it now effects the entire populous?
  • by TR Location: Tallahassee on Mar 27, 2012 at 04:43 AM
    And the precious child's mother has filed a trademark to protect the rights to his name as an attempt to control--and collect funds from--the masses of merchandise being produced in support of their cause. It was revealed today that Sabrina Fulton, the boy’s mother, filed two petitions last week to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to specifically gain the rights to the phrases ‘I Am Trayvon’ and ‘Justice For Trayvon’, both of which have been frequently used by protesters across the country. The trademark application shows that she is specifically looking for control of the use
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