Students Make Trayvon Tribute, RW Media Attacks Increase, Congressman Kicked Out for Wearing Hoodie
As the furor over the Trayvon Martin tragedy grows and amplifies in the media, here's a moving and essential video from Howard University students, getting at the heart of the fear and racism that has made this case so poignant for them.
They stand and pose with skittles and hoodies on and tell the camera about themselves, asking "do I look suspicious?"
Statements like these are important because the hugeness of this story in the media has led the right wing to double down in their defense of institutional racism.
Here's Ed Schultz in righteous indignation mode, explaining pretty clearly why there's so much public outcry over this case (hint: it's about a lack of justice, a killer walking free), and addressing his critics in the right wing media who are accusing him and others of stirring up racial resentment.
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) was thrown off the House floor Wednesday after wearing a hoodie and sunglasses in protest of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida.
"Racial profiling has to stop," Rush said as he peeled off his suit jacket to reveal a hoodie underneath, at which point he pulled the hood over his head and replaced his glasses with sunglasses. "Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum."
He was thrown out by the presiding congressman, Rep. Greg Harper (R-Miss).
Here's some more good reading:
- Trayvon, and the Case for the Diverse Newsroom--Elissa Strauss on how journalists of color helped bring this case to the spotlight.
- Breaking: Trayvon Martin a normal teenage boy--Jill Filipovic has more on the smear offensive.
- Trayvon Martin Updates, thoughtful roundup from Melissa McEwan.