Trayvon Martin Case Spurs Inquiries, Activism, As Demonstrators Plan 'Million Hoodie Marches'

America is waking up to the injustice of Trayvon Martin's murder by self-styled vigilante George Zimmerman, and the fact that lack of action against Trayvon's killer adds to an already-existing culture of impunity for the targeting of young men of color. 

USA Today has an excellent primer and rundownon the case and its implications, quoting Mark Neal, who is  professor of African and African American Studies at Duke University. "It's not about these individual acts of racism," Neal told the paper.  "It's about the way that black males are framed in the larger culture … as being violent, criminal and threats to safety and property."

Trayvon Martin's mother has been outspoken in her quest for justice, speaking with HuffPo: 

As state and federal authorities join the probe into the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, his mother, Sabrina Fulton, said that the investigation won't matter unless the result is the arrest and prosecution of George Zimmerman, who police said confessed to shooting Martin. 

“I think it’s progress that so much is being done and I think they are starting to open their eyes,” Fulton told Huffington Post BlackVoices this afternoon, in reference to the Justice Department and the FBI. “I truly believe they are going to arrest him.”

“Until they do, I cannot eat, I cannot sleep and I cannot relax. Not until he’s arrested,” she said.

Today, hundreds and thousands of people--supposedly to include Trayvon's parents--will take to the streets in "million hoodie marches," the largest of which will be in NYC's union square and have Occupy Wall Street's support. The hoodies symbolize the ridiculous assumption that because Martin wore a hoodie, he was somehow suspicious. Al Sharpton will also lead a march in Martin's hometown.

In Florida, the case has angered even the sponsor of the controversial "stand your ground" bill under whose auspices Zimmerman remains free:

Tallahassee lawmakers are poised to take a closer look at Florida's "stand your ground" law in light of the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, but the law's architect said Tuesday that the man who shot Martin should be prosecuted and that law enforcement was misinterpreting the law.

"The intent was to protect women and children," said former state Sen. Durell Peaden, R-Crestview, who sponsored the 2005 law. "They're using it to protect someone who ought to be in jail. The state attorney ought to do this job."

Watch a segment about the show featuring HuffPo reporter Trymaine Lee below:


AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at March 21, 2012, 6:14am

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