March 23, 2012

Trayvon Martin and the Million Hoodie March: Seizing a Symbol

The reason I like this photo is that it does EXACTLY what it is supposed to do: capture the white fear of the hooded black male.

I compare it to the iconic 1968 Olympics photo of John Carlos and Tommy Smith because it also captured white angst and put it on the world stage for examination.

— Karen Hull

(Top photo credit: Mary Altaffer/AP Photo caption: Tyrone Boykins, left, of the Brooklyn borough of New York, takes part in the Million Hoodie March in Union Square Wednesday, March 21, 2012 in New York. The march was in memory of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager shot to death by a Hispanic neighborhood watch captain in Florida. The teenager was unarmed and was wearing a hoodie. Bottom photo credit: AP)

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