A number of unresolved questions remain in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black Florida teen killed by Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Did Zimmerman mutter a racial slur when calling 911 to report Martin as “suspicious?” Did Zimmerman really act in self-defense? Whose cries for help are heard on a neighbor’s 911 call, Zimmerman’s or Martin’s?
As authorities continue to investigate month-old case, the continued lack of charges against Zimmerman has spurred a dialogue on race and led to countrywide protests and social media campaigns. Many such protests have utilized the hoodie, which Martin was wearing at the time of his death, as a symbol of standing in solidarity with the Martin family. The latest such campaign to come across our radar is from a group of D.C.’s Howard University students. In the video below, black male students and alumni introduce themselves and mention their credentials. They then don hoodies and ask, “Do I look suspicious?”
Do you think focusing on the hoodie is effective, or does it detract from the national debate on racial profiling?