I AM TRAYVON MARTIN!

Subtitle: “The Racial Profiling of Trayvon Martin

I have cried my eyes out since listening to the 911 tapes of a crime that gives me a headache each time I hear its particulars.

-Borrowing from President Barack Obama, “If I had a son, he would have looked like Trayvon Martin.” http://www.thegrio.com/politics/obama-speaks-for-black-fathers-if-i-had-a-son-hed-look-like-trayvon.php

-If I had a son, he would have acted like Trayvon Martin: worn hoodies, eaten Skittles, and drunk iced tea.

-I have prayed daily for every black male in America because of racial profiling; I have prayed for black males who are mine (blood brother, nephews, cousins, and lover); I have prayed for those I know (friends of family members, friends of friends, friends’ sons, husbands, lovers of female friends , and my religious brothers), for those I hope to meet one day, and for those I may never meet. I have prayed and will keep praying for every black male in America because of racial profiling. Why are black males the only ones who look “suspicious?” Why?

-If I had a son, he would have looked up to who would have been his older sister and would have done these normal things his sister loves–wearing hoodies, eating Skittles, and drinking AriZona iced tea.

-I own jackets with hoodies for rainy and cold nights; I love Skittles, and I drink tea.

-My father’s first name was Martin.

I am Trayvon Martin. I am Trayvon Martin. I am Trayvon Martin!

-I was an A-student and an athlete in high school. “Trayvon, the 17-year old, A-student and athlete, was gunned down in Sanford, Florida on Feb 26th by a neighborhood watch volunteer and wannabe police officer, George Zimmerman. Martin is dead because Zimmerman — in his own words — found the child “suspicious”. When pressed by a police dispatcher for what made the young man’s presence a cause for concern, Zimmerman said, ‘he’s a black male’.” (An excerpt from an article)

-I was a model student and daughter. “By all accounts, Trayvon was a model student and son, having saved his own father from a burning house at the tender age of 9 years old. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Martin’s English teacher described the young boy as “an A and B student who majored in cheerfulness”.

–“Sights and Sounds of the Million Hoodie Match”–http://www.time.com/time/video/player/0,32068,1524606068001_2109812,00.html

–Time Magazine article on Trayvon’s shooting: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2109975,00.html?xid=feed-yahoo-top-linkbox

–The Miami Heat (of Florida) wears hoodies in solidarity. http://www.thegrio.com/news/miami-heat-don-hoodies-speak-out-on-trayvon-martin.php

–Sanford (FL) police chief announces he will step down for botching the Trayvon Martin murder incident. http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/03/23/trayvon-martins-death-sparks-national-outrage-mourning/#shooting-death-of-unarmed-teen-trayvon-martin-sparks-national-outrage

–Tracy Martin, father of the slain teen, joins the “Million Hoodie March” in Union Square, New York City, on March 21, 2012. http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/03/23/trayvon-martins-death-sparks-national-outrage-mourning/#tracy-martin-father-of-slain-florida-teen-trayvon-martin-joins-a-protest-to-demand-justice-for-his-sons-death-in-new-yorks-union-square#ixzz1q3I8apyR

–Supporters of Trayvon Martin block traffic as they march through Union Square during the “Million Hoodie March” in Union Square in New York City on March 21, 2012.http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/03/23/trayvon-martins-death-sparks-national-outrage-mourning/#a-million-hoodies-march-protests-death-of-trayvon-martin#ixzz1q3ItZZI6

–A memorial to Trayvon Martin sits outside The Retreat at Twin Lakes community where Trayvon was shot by George Michael Zimmerman while on neighborhood watch patrol. http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/03/23/trayvon-martins-death-sparks-national-outrage-mourning/#neighborhood-of-sanford-florida-still-reeling-in-aftermath-of-unarmed-teen-shooting#ixzz1q3JCQl37

–A timeline of events in the shooting of Trayvon Martin: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/03/trayvon-martin-case-timeline-of-events

–Students from 50 schools walk out in Florida in protest of the shooting of high school student, Trayvon Martin. —http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/03/trayvon-martin-furor-expands-to-school-walkouts-petition/

–“Does race play into it? Certainly. I have no doubt Trayvon would be behind bars if he’d been the shooter in that scenario.”–http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-george-zimmerman-20120323,0,6326075.story

–Racial profiling of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman–“Looks like he’s up to no good. …” Zimmerman told the dispatcher. “This guy’s hand is in his waistband, and he’s a black male.” http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-george-zimmerman-20120323,0,6326075.story

–One middle-aged man with dreadlocks who was marching with hundreds of other people on Thursday night in Los Angeles’ Leimert Park in the Crenshaw District said, “We’re not going to get rid of racism. All we’re asking is that the justice system work.” http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-banks-20120324,0,6872957.column?page=2&track=rss

That is all we are asking for Trayvon Martin: Justice.

May his young soul rest in God’s eternal peace. Amen.

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