If you haven’t kept up with the news lately, a neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman was recently acquitted for shooting an unarmed 17 year old. This case has sparked debates about the state of Florida’s stand your ground law which was used in this case as well as racial profiling which many believe is the main cause for Trayvon Martin’s death.
Since the acquittal many civil rights leaders are holding rally’s and pushing for change in the laws. On Facebook, a large number of individuals and families have taken pictures of themselves wearing hoodies which was Trayvon’s attire the evening that he was killed. This symbolic display is to show that anyone could have been Trayvon on that fateful night.
After an image of Dr. Martin Luther King surfaced with him wearing a hoodie in support of Trayvon Martin, Dr. King’s niece Dr. Alveda King spoke out about the matter on the Andrea Tantaros Radio Show.
“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would very likely not wear a hoodie. I can assure you he would not wear sagging pants.”
I beg to differ. I agree that he would not wear sagging pants because sagging pants isn’t something that an influential figure like Dr. King would wear. However, I still say he would wear a hoodie.
The hoodie and sagging pants she refers to is not the same as the hoodie reflected in the image.
The artwork is depicting the public outcry and stance to stand behind a family’s tragic loss of a 17 year old that merely went to the store for his brother wearing a hoodie and was violently gunned down in an act the shooter claims as “self defense”. This young man was profiled to be a delinquent and subsequently followed, confronted and shot in the end.
Would Dr. King not call for justice in this case? Would he not wear the symbol that shows we stand together in the fact that Trayvon could be anyone’s son and if he had not been profiled he would be alive today?
Police told George Zimmerman to stay in the car and not to pursue Trayvon, yet today he serves no jail time.
I do believe Dr. King would wear a hoodie to symbolize how we cannot allow folks to walk away with murder. If he wouldn’t then the Dr. Martin Luther King I grew up reading about and believing in is not the same.