NYC Politicians Wear Hoodies in Support of Trayvon Martin
1 year ago
Councilman Jumaane Williams says appearance doesn't make you a criminal.
The six state senators, four black and two white, wore their blue and gray hooded sweatshirts over their suit jackets. They said they are all outraged over the shooting death of the 17-year-old unarmed teenager.
The hooded sweatshirt has become a symbol of the protest movement to bring George Zimmerman to justice. But it has also been a symbol of much controversy after the remarks of Geraldo Rivera, who said that the hoodie should be blamed for Trayvon Martin's death.
George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Martin, hasn't been charged, outraging many black leaders.
Councilman Jumaane Williams tweeted a picture of himself wearing a hoodie. He tweeted, "I wear a #hoodie, have #locks and earrings. I'm not a #criminal. I'm a @nyccouncil Member. #wearealltrayvonmartin."
Pastors and their congregants across the country wore hoodies to church Sunday in memory of Martin, 17, who was killed by civilian patrolman George Zimmerman in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., near Orlando.