“Our son is your son,” said Trayvon’s mother, Sabrina Fulton, to a large crowd gathered in Union Square in NYC to support her family in the quest to bring about justice for her son.
The New York Daily News is reporting on a large gathering in New York City’s Union Square tonight to rally for the arrest of George Zimmerman, the Sanford, Florida neighborhood watch captain who fatally shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, three weeks ago.
And now hoodie-themed protests are showing up everywhere, from the streets of New York—to Sanford, Florida (scheduled for Thursday, organized by Rev. Al Sharpton)—to Facebook and Twitter. People care about this boy and want to see Zimmerman held responsible for this boy’s death.
It’s awesome to see people rallying against racism, but what I really want to know is what we can do in the future to prevent these crimes. I want to know how each of us is going to change. I want to know what we will do to address the messages we’ve been absorbing in our lives about young black men.
We may all identify with Trayvon Martin, or with his mother or father, to some degree.
But we are doing ourselves and the world a disservice if we don’t all identify the “George Zimmerman” inside ourselves as well. We need to address the voice that may live in our heads that tells us that black men are dangerous. We need to address the parts of us that are afraid of minority men. We need to take a serious look at how our society marginalizes and alienates young black men—be it through the education system that is failing our boys, or through the media, or through the criminal justice system which discriminates based upon race when sentencing crimes.
Let’s all don our hoodies to remember a young life lost.
And let’s all open our minds and find a way to prevent this from happening again.
Here are just a few of the Tweets showing up on Twitter as part of the #MillionHoodieMarch:
For more on the death of Trayvon Walker and racism, read Walking While Black, Shoot First Ask Later, and 911 Call: Screams For Help, Gunshots, Is This Justice