Gabourey Sidibe And Her “Trayvon” Hoodie Made Quite The Social Justice Statement At The Gym
When it comes to sportswear, the pieces we stand in front of our dressers and choose from to wear for a good workout (choose the wrong pants and you’re sure to want to cut your workout time in half), it’s all about comfort. But who says your fitness attire can’t make a statement as well?
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Gabourey Sidibe, who has become quite the gym rat these days, dressed up for an intense boxing workout in a hoodie and tights. However, her sweater wasn’t just any old simple top. The 34-year-old wore a hoodie with “Trayvon” emblazoned on the front of it and called it “gym fashion.”
The top led many of her social media followers to inquire about where they could find it. As it turns out, it’s a hoodie that actually helps to fund the social justice organization created in the name of Trayvon Martin by his mother Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin.
“Some of you were asking where you can find your own #trayvonmartinhoodie. Well, here ya go! Go to weareliberated.com,” she wrote in a separate post. “A portion of proceeds goes to the Trayvon Martin Foundation. May he never be forgotten.”
Sidibe has spoken before about the injustices Black people face in this country, particularly in terns of the number of Black men and women who’ve been killed by police over the last few years. As she told Refinery29 earlier this year while promoting her film The Tale of Four, this country hasn’t been too kind to our kind for as far back as she can remember.
“You can say America is great as long as you’re white. Because for you, yes: You are correct. America is wonderful to you,” she said. “But my Black a–, because I am a Black woman, born of a Black woman, born of a Black woman, who was born of a slave — I don’t know at which point in history America really had my back. I don’t want to argue with anyone, or with ‘Make America Great Again.’ I just want you to show me the facts. Because I’ve always been afraid of the police. I’ve never had the chance to see police as helpers. It’s not my fault. It’s where I was raised. I’m from Bed Stuy, Brooklyn. I’ve always felt like an oil stain that they needed to clean up and not a citizen that they felt obligated to protect.”
It’s refreshing to see Sidibe take her political and social views to the public — including to the gym.