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.

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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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