The recent murder of Trayvon Martin has left the African American community in an uproar. This uproar is taking place not just because Trayvon died, but because of how he died and the seemingly disregard by the justice system to do anything about it. In response to this, news platforms, magazines, and social media networks have become the sounding boards for blacks of all ages who are fed up with injustice and racism that continues to infiltrate this country. No matter what they tell us we, the black community, know when injustice is rearing its ugly head, and injustice is rearing its ugly head, AGAIN! Not long ago we were in this position fighting for Troy Davis who was executed by the State for a crime that the justice system couldn’t prove he committed.
To speak out against the injustice that is taking place in lieu of Trayvon’s death, blacks across the nation have shown their support by posting pictures of themselves wearing hoodies. The interesting thing about this show of support by the black community is that the support seems to span all ages. Babies have been seen in hoodies, teenagers have been seen in hoodies, newscasters have been seen in hoodies, well accomplished and high profile people have been spotted in hoodies, pastors, preachers, and scholars have even traded in their tailored suits and fancy pumps for an opportunity to stand in solidarity with the legacy of Trayvon and the black community. In essence, not only has the overwhelming appearance of hoodies made a statement against racism and racial profiling, but it has also declared that clothes don’t make a person.
Unfortunately, what people fail to realize, in particular people of the other “persuasion”, is that a person’s physical appearance does not always warrant suspicious eyes and a deadly pursuit. But there are good, intelligent, well versed individuals that look just like Trayvon Martin. There are people who wear jeans, sport hoodies, and like converse shoes who are not thugs and are not looking for trouble. There are people who look like Trayvon, talk like Trayvon, and may even dress like Trayvon who are educated, upright citizens who try to contribute to society in the best way possible…I am one of them #iamTrayvonMaritn. The truth that everybody knows, except for those who insist on being blinded by their own biases and racial tendencies, is that Trayvon was not a threat, he was just black. Racism is not just a systemic constituent in 2012, but racism, injustice, and hatred still walk the streets looking for its next victim. That victim under the HOODie happened to be a person of potential, character, and a person created in the image of God. When will we start to value the person and look past the HOODie? There is good in the HOODie!