Trayvon Martin, 17, was shot Feb. 26 in Sanford, Florida., by a community watcher volunteer who claimed he was acting in self defense. Police says Trayvon Martin has no weapon in his bag instead he has Skittles and some ice tea. This case angered millions of people across the nation. Numerous comments including from the President of the United States on March 23, 2012.
“When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids . . . every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this,” he said.
Within Obama’s remarks, he said: If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon. We’re going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.
George Zimmerman is being accused of racial profiling in what may turn out to be the crime of the century. This incident has been a "wake-up call" according to Sharpton, who has been working with the family and lawyers for Tryvon Martin.
He added: “I think that the sentence has been written by those of us who have marched and raised these issues. The period was last night, when over 30,000 people came out to the rally, but the exclamation point came when the president spoke today.”
According to the ACLU, racial profiling is described as a process that, “Disproportionately targets people of color for investigation and enforcement, alienating communities from law enforcement, hindering community policing efforts, and causing law enforcement to lose credibility and trust among the people they are sworn to protect and serve.”
NBA Superstartweeted a picture on Friday afternoon with his Miami Heat teammates clad in hooded sweatshirts, hoods up and eyes down.
The photo, accompanied by the hashtags "#WeAreTrayvonMartin," "#Hoodies," "#Stereotyped" and "#WeWantJustice," followed a mass protest Thursday in which people all over the world donned hooded sweatshirts in solidarity with the family of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old high school student who was found dead on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., a community north of Orlando. Martin was shot and killed. Police found George Zimmerman, 28, a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, standing over Martin, wounded and armed with a handgun.