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Million Hoodie March

Posted on Mar 23, 2012
AP / Mary Altaffer

Trayvon Martin’s parents Tracy Martin, left, and Sybrina Fulton take part in the Million Hoodie March in New York.

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Trayvon Martin and the Million Hoodie March; Rick Santorum’s Christian nation; Dave Zirin is “shock-raged” over the New Orleans Saints, and we get an update on the super PACs now leasing our democracy. Plus: Mr. Fish and John Lennon.

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Marcia Dawkins is a Truthdig contributor and a visiting professor at Brown University who has just written about the Million Hoodie March. Click here to read her report, “The Million Hoodie March: It’s About a ‘Right-or-Wrong Thing’ ”

Kathy Kiely is the managing editor of the Sunlight Foundation, where she tracks the money in politics.


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Sports writer Dave Zirin is “shock-raged” about the NFL’s treatment of the New Orleans Saints.

Peter Montgomery of People for the American Way speaks to Kasia Anderson about Rick Santorum’s run-in with a controversial preacher.

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By ApprxAm, March 26, 2012 at 2:26 am Link to this comment


our children, sons in particular, from wearing the hooded sweat-shirt. I hate that this is now being used as a symbol by so many misguided protesters, for I honestly believe that this murder and the failure of the police and State Attorney to simply do their jobs are the real problems.

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By ApprxAm, March 26, 2012 at 2:18 am Link to this comment

“This “Hoodie” thing is a petty fetishization that obscures a realand grave problem we face. It minimizes Black people’s pain and fears and makes it petty pop culture.


This child died because a man was too lazy, and too careless. He was tired of criminals who may have been Black and was too frustrated at those moments (sight to fury) to care about being correct, for at no time during his communications with 911 did he claim an actual criminal act. He applied an ineffective, misguided vigilantism because it comforted him to shoot and kill anyone and he feared no consequences. That boy died because he was Black; his “hoodie” merely a tool to gain the watchman’s unwarranted attention and to eventually lay blame on the victim.

Right or wrong, any discussion of this article of clothing after the fact is simply a means to short-circuit any real discussion about this child’s rights and lack of real and social citizenship. Rights that were ignored in front of that man’s gun, when those detectives “reminded” witnesses what they did or did not see and for the blanket immunity called “stand your ground” protections of those too scared of Blacks and too encumbered to discern whether they’re innocent or not. It is rational prejudice turned into overreaction in the form of a legal deadly weapon and defense from criminal prosecution.

Sadly, though, these “Hoodie” protest only feed into the negative image, especially when most of us Black parents forbid”

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By Loretta Huston, March 25, 2012 at 5:13 pm Link to this comment

Yes, and once an “Innocent” person has been killed because of someone’s “suspicion” of another, how will Trayvon & others be able to defend oneself???

This extremely “human Flawed Law” is yet another example of the dangers we face with too many “people” with deadly guns in their hands. How can anyone aggressively pursue someone with a gun & then call it “Self-Defense?

I say it is time to deeply evaluate, what it really means to give far too many people the “right” to carry a “lethal” weapon. For once the trigger is released, it’s too late to argue.

I can understand those who hunt to eat, but those who blindly make assumptions of others is beyond the “Court of Law”, this is a down right Crime in the eyes of God. And those who “justify” their actions under the “guise” of a human law really have no Ground to Stand.

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By vector56, March 24, 2012 at 4:06 am Link to this comment

When will we have a “Million Hoodie March” 16 Abdulrahman al-Awlaki? I here his killers also still walk free.

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By EmileZ, March 23, 2012 at 5:54 am Link to this comment

@ Mr. Fish

Noam Chomsky on Disconnect of “Left Intellectuals” from Working People (1/8)

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By EmileZ, March 23, 2012 at 5:44 am Link to this comment

@ Mr. Fish

We’re Turning Again - Frank Zappa

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By EmileZ, March 23, 2012 at 3:41 am Link to this comment

Was that Jon Bon Jovi performing “Blaze Of Glory”???

If so, that sort of makes up for the long football discussion.

I am something of a “Young Gun” myself.

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