3 Years And A Million Hoodies Later, The Death Of Trayvon Martin Still Represents Injustice

By Dante Berry

On February 26, 2012, unarmed Black teenager Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida simply because he “looked suspicious.” Just a few days ago, the Department of Justice decided to not pursue civil rights charges against the vigilante. February 5th would have been Trayvon’s 20th birthday.

Three years later — justice denied.

Every 28 hours a Black woman, man, or child is killed by a self-appointed vigilante, security guard, or police officer.

Although disappointed and saddened to hear about the Justice Department’s decision to not pursue civil rights charges against Trayvon’s assailant, George Zimmerman, I am not surprised. I am not surprised because the decision further proves that this system was not designed or set up to protect Black and Brown bodies.

Trayvon Martin did not receive justice, but his spirit empowered a generation of youth activism that seeks to make positive change and guarantee that Black lives matter.

#Blacklivesmatter is a political project developed by Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors after Zimmerman walked away with an acquittal in 2013. Black lives matter is a political demand that ultimately challenges ourselves and the status quo to think about what our communities look like when Black lives matter.

The death of Trayvon Martin became a national flashpoint, and served as a precursor to the uprisings across the country in response to police killings in 2014. No, Trayvon Martin will not get justice, but the conditions leading up to Trayvon’s death is what inspired Black youth to demand that their lives mattered.

The Dream Defenders in Florida, the Black Youth Project 100 in Chicago, and Million Hoodies Movement for Justice in New York are part of a cadre of young Black activists and organizers who are responding boldly to the injustice of mass criminalization and violence inflicted upon our communities. Some of us might even argue that we are entering a third reconstruction, a continuum of struggle for dignity, justice, and freedom in the Black liberation movement.

Million Hoodies was founded a month after Trayvon’s death in part because of the media’s failure to adequately report on the events leading up to his death, and afterwards. While Zimmerman remained free, the mainstream media failed in covering the story. The traditional narrative became one about a law enforcement or vigilante hero and a criminal Black person. Mass media images perpetuate this sense of criminalization through television shows like “Cops” and “Law and Order.”

Three years ago today, Trayvon was dressed in a hoodie and some in the media criminalized his clothing choice, suggesting that just wearing a hoodie warrants getting shot.

Today Million Hoodies empowers a network of online members and college chapters across the nation who are working to protect and empower young people of color from mass criminalization and gun violence. We use creative technology, grassroots organizing, and strategic communications in order to challenge the frameworks that perpetuate institutional discrimination.

We recognize that the death of Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, Michael Brown and others are deeply embedded in injustice and structural racism. We must attack the root causes of these problems in order to put a stop to the senseless deaths and systemic violence inflicted on Black communities today.

As we celebrate Trayvon’s life today, our mission becomes clearer: we are building a radically transformed world where one day Black lives matter.

superstupendousheartcandy asked:

kill your self

But I’m so much better then that like I haven’t done anything to you and I don’t no you and your telling me to kill me self like I mean I’m not mad or upset like at all cus im use to this so go ahead tell me to kill me self tell me to burn in hell you can tell me to cut my self 100 times again im not going to listen so I for give you have fun with your life

I hated this place.
I hated every second of everyday.
And it was all your,

He said he saw me, that this was all my fault.
How could this be my fault?

Tommy, you’ve got a lot of nerve coming up here.
A lot of bloody nerve.

They called you the glue.
The glue?
Maybe because you’re the kind of glue that holds us all together.

Please. Tommy, please.

You begged me like crazy.
Begged me to kill you.
But, I can’t.

Kill me.



I can’t, I won’t.

I want to die.
But not with my hands, yours.
I don’t want to kill my self again.
So please.
Kill me.

Newt, Newt. Stop.
You’re not thinking straight.
Remember? They called you the glue.
Because you’re the kind of glue that holds us all together.
Because you’re the kind of glue that holds me together.
Because you’re the kind of glue thats hold everything together.
But you.
You were the glue that dried.

Please Tommy please.
If you’ve ever been my friend.
Kill me.
Before I turn into one of those.

You said we would go through this together.
That you would stay next to me forever.
I can’t let you die.
I can’t let you leave.
Not now, not ever.

I won’t leave you.
Not now, not ever.
We’re in this together.
So please, before I kill you.
Kill me.

I’m sorry.
I’m sorry.

Don’t be,
And remember
I will always be by your side.

And with my heart falling into the black abyss.
I pulled the

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doctorcrocker asked:

YEAH. Erifef is seriously one of my most unhealthy relationships in Homestuck I think, just because of how draining Eridan was to Feferi. She was under no obligation to sacrifice her mental health for him, but people like demonizing her for that. UmU

yes yes yeeeees exactly it’s honestly kind of horrifying that people don’t get this. Your own mental health is always more important than any relationship! It’s not selfish to distance yourself from people who make you unhappy, no matter what kind of connection you have to them!! 

im like not joking at all is the scary part that virus was like… a digital entity and I can’t believe I killed the first self aware digital intelligence like……smh

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