Trayvon Martin’s hoodie will reportedly go on display at The Smithsonian Museum–which is precisely where it belongs as a piece of modern history relative to African American culture. The director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (part of The Smithsonian) will be the new home of the hooded sweatshirt worn by Trayvon the night he was fatally gunned down by George Zimmerman.
This is pretty good news, because the hoodie will be forever preserved with the story of what happened to the 17-year-old Fla. boy as a symbol of the ongoing racial prejudice that exists in the justice system and among the public in general. The garment quickly became a powerful symbol after Trayvon was murdered, so there’s no doubt that The Smithsonian is excited to be able to preserve and display it indefinitely.
Unfortunately, the display of this piece of clothing may also inspire further divide–or at least draw attention to the divide that clearly exists. There will undoubtedly be at least a handful of racially biased types in support of Zimmerman who will think that The Smithsonian’s latest plan is a bad idea.
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