Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer named George Zimmerman in late February. Martin was unarmed, and his only “transgression” at this point seems to to be that he was young, black, and wearing a hoodie when he was killed.
Because of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, no charges have yet been brought against Zimmerman, a man who is by all indications legitimately crazy.
To protest the killing of Martin — and the fact that Zimmerman is a free man — various “Million Hoodie March” protests have been held throughout the country. Now, the Miami Heat are symbolically joining the protest.
The above photo was tweeted out by LeBron James earlier today, with the hashtags #WeAreTrayvonMartin #Hoodies #Stereotyped #WeWantJustice. According to the Palm Beach Post, James had been planning this for a few days. We should also point out that the only reason Mike Miller isn’t in this photo is because he wasn’t traveling with the team at the time.
The Heat are the first collection of high-profile athletes to publicly take a stance on the polarizing case, and since they a) play in Florida, and b) are perhaps the most visible team in America right now, this photo is an important one.
[LeBron James] Twitter