Million Hoodie March: “Our Son is Your Son”

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Hundreds of people packed New York’s Union Square last night for the Million Hoodie March demanding justice for the death of 17-year old Trayvon Martin, many of them clutching skittles and bottles of iced tea, Martin was when he was shot and killed by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, who has not been charged.

Check out this compelling video from Mother Jones:

Watching the news last night, one chilling line uttered by Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton echoed in my mind:

"Our son is your son."

Our son is your son.

That sentiment has been echoed by black parents around the Internet. Sometimes in chilling ways, such as in Ajani Husband's “Open Letter to My Unborn Black Son” on Urban Cusp:

"My son, you will die. You will perish at the hands of those who fear you. Your death will be likened to a hunting accident. The best you can hope for is that it is not your body that dies, only your spirit, as has been the case with me, your father."

And Change of Color posted on MomsRising some of the statements from the 60,000 people who have signed their petition calling for the Department of Justice to takeover the case, which the feds have agreed to do. Here is one example:

As a mother of a 14 year old Black boy, I stand with Trayvon’s family in seeking justice. We can’t allow Trayvon’s murder to be in vein. There must be justice for Trayvon. These senseless killings of our Black boys must stop. These young men are our sons and brothers. They are somebody, and deserve justice. – Damali R., Hayward, CA

For more images of Wednesday night’s Million Hoodie March, check out this compilation on Racialicious.

Reverend Al Sharpton is scheduled to lead a rally later today in Trayvon’s hometown of Sanford, Florida.

Have you been following the Trayvon Martin case?

Race and Ethnicity Section Editor Grace Hwang Lynch blogs at HapaMama and A Year (Almost) Without Shopping.


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