6 pm last night, Union Square, NYC held a “Million Hoodie March” in support of Trayvon Martin, calling for accountability in police action and thorough and diligent prosecution of his alleged killer.
The particulars of this case are tragic. But they also evoke larger issues for many around race, fairness in the criminal justice system, privilege, and accountability.
Muslims feeling targeted by the NYPD just for their religion, OWS activists angry at police brutality, Blacks and others who feel the police does not serve them but rather polices them—especially experienced through needless “Stop & Frisk”, all have felt some resonance with this case. And they are not alone as other allies also have spoken up.
All want hate and discrimination to end, whether based on sexuality, race, religion, or other status.
All can see in this Black youth, a boy who could be their son, friend or family, not someone to fear.
This solidarity across communities has been powerful to witness.
And though it should not need to be said (apparently it does): calling for a more just and accountable police and criminal justice system does not mean hating the people in the system as it is, or wanting a less secure nation or city.
The important point being all of them.
This coming Saturday, 24 March, 2012, DC will have a rally for Trayvon Martin.
If you can make it, I suggest you go.
Trayvon is everyone’s son.
Every life matters.
Additional reading and coverage:
On the Million Hoodie March
Background on the Trayvon Martin Case
On NYPD Religious Profiling of Mulims
NYPD & Stop and Frisk
Interfaith Efforts and Solidarity on NYPD Police Accountability