Trayvon Martin was a 17 year old Black boy shot in Florida by a white man who liked beating up women.
At 9 years old Trayvon Martin saved his father’s life, by pulling him out of a fire. He was known as a shy, kind, and quiet kid, who could often be found hiding in his hoodie and listening to music. He babysat, cut grass and washed cars to earn money. He showed amazing skill and talent for fixing and riding dirt bikes, and was focused on building a career working with airplanes.
On February 26th, 2012, Trayvon committed a crime against white supremacy by daring to walk home from a convenience store while wearing a hoodie and carrying a can of Arizona iced tea and a package of skittles. His murderer shot him in the chest, twice, claiming self-defense, and was acquitted by a jury, despite overwhelming evidence of his racist intent.
Trayvon’s story catapulted discussions on white supremacy, racial profiling, and police brutality into the media’s eye, and convinced many white Americans to finally acknowledge the problem. While police brutality, and racial injustice within the legal system continue to form a core part of our social structure. Our work is not finished.