Am I Suspicious?

You’ve probably heard a lot about Trayvon Martin in the past month. The 17-year-old black male was shot on February 26th allegedly in self-defense. Minutes before shooting Martin, George Zimmerman had called 911 to report a suspicious person in the neighborhood.

What happened between Zimmerman’s phone call and Martin’s death? While Zimmerman maintains that Martin attacked him, why would he have? Why did Zimmerman find Martin “suspicious” in the first place?

In the month since the shooting, a community has built around this incident of racial profiling. What is inherently suspicious about a black male wearing a hoodie? A group of students at Howard University begs this exact question in their online campaign to increase awareness about racial profiling.

What do you think? How can our society decrease instances of racial profiling?

For more information, please visit Howard Students for Justice.

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