Considering the social media aptitude of ZIF readers, I’m certain most of you are aware of the horrifying murder of a young 17 year old Floridian by the name of Trayvon Martin. The young man was murdered by a neighborhood watch leader who had close ties to the police. The investigation was a shit show from the beginning, and no charges have been laid. If you’re not up on this story, I suggest reading this informative piece from the Daily Beast which includes the audio from one of a few 911 tapes, this one being the one where the shooter is heard calling Trayvon Martin a “fucking coon” under his breath. This story is unfortunately not as unique as we would like to think, a simple Google search of “racially motivated murder” will dial up pages of recent stories citing equally disturbing details. But for no reason other than the fact that Trayvon Martin was particularly irreproachable (he was stalked and shot after buying a pack of skittles while talking to his girlfriend on his cell phone), this story has thankfully picked up traction, Kony who?
Today in NYC/ Union Square organizers have planned a gathering dubbed the “Million Hoodie March”, a reference to the fact that Trayvon was wearing his hoodie up when he was followed and then murdered by neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman. Trayvon’s parents will be in attendance as well, and so will a part of any of us who have felt fear on account of the color of our skin. Hoodie up.