Hundreds of protesters holding bags of Skittles and cans of Arizona iced tea joined together for a “Million Hoodie March” in Union Square in New York City Wednesday.
The peaceful protest was organized by black and white college students, many wearing grey hoodies to symbolize the racist stereotyping that led to the death of Miami teenager Trayvon Martin.
The protestors carried bags of Skittles which is what the 17-year-old is reported to have been carrying when he was shot and killed by racist neighborhood watch person, George Zimmerman on February 26 in Sanford, Florida.
A neighborhood watch person is supposed to watch — not pursue, not confront, and not carry a weapon, according to neighborhood watch guidelines.
Trayvon’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton (with their attorney Benjamin Crump) flew from their homes in Florida to join the NYC protestors, which included a puppy wearing a hoodie (below). Image source
The Justice Department and the FBI have opened an investigation into the death of Trayvon, and the local state attorney announced that he has asked a grand jury to investigate. The grand jury will convene on April 10 in Seminole County.
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