“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
We can now add a new name to that list above, Trayvon Martin. The names on the black tee above represent men of color who, over the last thirty years were either killed or critically violated in America for reasons we are still trying to understand.
Although most of these crimes took place in the New York City area, many received national attention and exposure. Those who committed these crimes were generally found not guilty or given little to no time at all for their actions. It seemed fitting to post this tee as this week’s streetstyle t-shirt of the week with the verdict that was reached this past weekend for the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman legal case in Sanford, Florida,.
The significance of this tee is powerful, yet subtle. Even if you had no idea who these people were, with just a little bit of searching, you could easily select a couple of these names and realize the common thread. The sans serif bold font inscribing each name commands attention and inquiry.
The Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case has deeply effected the conscience of America. No matter how you feel how about the decision, emotions are running high. Rallies, marches and walks have taken place across the country and will continue to do so. The repercussions and conversations behind the events of this case will be with us for time to come. The cover of yesterday’s New York Daily News asked the simple question, “When will it end?” (see photo to left).
The names listed here specifically represent men of color who were murdered in the United States. Some of their deaths date back as far as 1955 (Emmett Til). With the eyes of the world now watching this country, it is indeed a tough time. The state of race relations in America in 2013 has left many of us in a state of disbelief.
Although these men are gone, they are not forgotten. May they all rest in peace.
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