Today, I Wore A Hoodie for Trayvon.

An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice EVERYWHERE!

"You must really love skittles", the clerk said as I handed her the money for the four packages of Skittles I was buying. I thought to my head 'I probably don't love Skittles as much as Trayvon did.'

I was buying these Skittles because, today, my peers and I decided to take part in a social experiment. The four of us walked around school the entire day wearing hoodies, with the packages of Skittles and the can of Arizona nearby. We wore on our shirts "Please Do Not Shoot Me; They're just Skittles". Lo and behold we did not get shot that day; our hypothesis was true.

The story of Trayvon Martin depressed me from the moment I read it. The mere fact that he was shot was appalling, but the fact that his killer was never arrested made me cry. I became Trayvon Martin that day, because the single biggest right to humanity was violated: justice. 

Is this really the world we live in? I don't even WANT to imagine the scenarios had Trayvon been white, or George Zimmermann black, because I know this might as well have happened to me. One way or another, an injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere. 

I am fed up with the system. I am fed up with conviction rates exceeding justice rates. I am fed up with the killers that walk free because of the faulty system. I am tired of the innocent being charged because of the color on their skin, or their economic and social status. I am fed up because when killers walk free, others also get away. I am fed up because a daughter has to come home to see her mother in a pool of blood, with a note saying "Go back home."

I am fed up, because I am Trayvon Martin. 

We are all Trayvon Martin. 

Rest in peace brother, we are going to give your parents the justice they deserve. 

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Michael Pare March 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM
I was going to put together all the racist and stereotypical things that have been said in this thread and then I thought "What's the point?" I will be happy to let readers judge who attacked who. And, of course, one person's attack is another person's telling the truth about someone. Please, I encourage anyone coming in late to this thread to go through and read the whole thing and make up your own mind. I stand by my comments and put my name to them. If anything I said offended you I guess that's too bad because I meant every word. The "lynch mob" you talk about includes pretty much every elected official in the country, Republican, Democrat, independent, conservative, moderate, or liberal, white, black, and Hispanic. I'm pretty sure we aren't all race-baiters who want to convict an innocent man who did nothing wrong, so I'm proud to stand with them and Mr. Bazzi. Good luck dealing with your demons and I hope neither I nor any of my family or friends is ever followed and harassed by you because it is illegal (unless you are a law enforcement officer) and I will have you arrested. And it doesn't depend on anything. Oh, and screaming louder doesn't make your point any more effective. Bye!
Michael Pare March 30, 2012 at 12:27 PM
And that's exactly the point, Calan. The police had Mr. Zimmerman re-enact what happened the next day. They didn't think his story added up. 1) What motive would Trayvon have for assaulting Mr. Zimmerman? Robbery? I haven't heard anybody mention a possible motive that made sense. Remember, Mr. Zimmerman said he was going back to his truck and out-of-the-blue Trayvon attacked him? Why? Wouldn't he run away if he was up to no good? 2) Why would Trayvon be on his cell phone, which phone records prove he was, if he was going to assault Mr. Zimmerman, with his girl friend no less? That doesn't make sense either. 3) Why would Trayvon still have the Skittles and ice tea if he was going to attack someone? Wouldn't you dump that stuff to free your hands up? That doesn't make sense. In order to believe Mr. Zimmerman's story you have to believe a lot of things that make no sense. The police refused to do it. I don't know why some folks want to so desperately?
Frank Lee March 30, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Absolutely nothing was accomplished by this article. Which is exactly the same result as the self righteous "social expierment". Blowhards on both sides are using this violent tragedy to justify their opinions. It is completely naive to think wearing a hoodie and parading around in a hoodie with a bag of skittles is anything more than an overplayed attempt for attention and lame political theater. Acomplishing a goal and feeling good about yourself are not the same thing. You certainly got attention, but zero results
John McKay March 30, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Just for clarification, given the comment above this: This was a blog entry, not a news article.
Michelle Foster March 30, 2012 at 06:19 PM
The article evoked 101 responses so far... how is that accomplishing nothing? If nothing it accomplished community discussion.


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