Could Trayvon Martin’s Hoodie Hang In D.C’s New African American Museum?

August 1, 2013  |  

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Even though the Jusice Department ordered that the evidence from the Zimmerman trial be held by Sanford police, many justice officials are speculating that another trial has little chance of resulting in any charges. Which has folks wondering what will become of all that evidence, particularly the hoodie Trayvon Marin was wearing the night he was murdered by George Zimmerman.

The hoodie, which many believe is the reason Zimmerman profiled Martin in the first place, has become a symbol in the movement against racism, racial profiling and unjust laws. Hoodies have been worn in solidarity by politicians, political pundits, celebrities, and common folk alike.

There are a few things that can happen to it. The Martin family can come and collect it. If it goes uncollected, after a certain amount of time, the police department can destroy it, although this is unlikely seeing as this particular hoodie holds so much cultural and political relevance. Lastly, there is a chance the Smithsonian will display it in their National Museum of African American History and Culture, which will open in 2015.

Al Sharpton says he would like it to be preserved: “The hoodie now represents an image of an urban street kid that either embraces or engages in street thug life. I think it’s unfair.”

The museum’s director, Lonnie Bunch is in agreement. Martin’s hoodie wouldn’t be the first  legally significant artifact to be displayed in the museum. Bunch as already procured a guard tower from Louisiana’s Angola State Penitentiary and the handcuffs used to restrain African American scholar and Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Bunch says displaying the hoodie would provide an opportunity for people to continue the discussion on race in America. The hoodie and subsequent events lead to questions like, ‘Are we really in a post-racial America.’ Bunch says, “This trial says, ‘No.'”

Do you think Trayvon’s hoodie should be displayed in the new museum, why or why not?



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