On February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin, a 17-year old African American male, was making his way back from the convenience store to the home of a relative in one of Florida’s gated communities, where he was visiting. Trayvon was encountered on his way by George Zimmerman, a community watch person. Following a turn of events, Trayvon was fatally shot and killed by George Zimmerman. Trayvon was unarmed, only having in his hands a bag of skittles and an iced tea. To this day, no arrests have been made nor have any charges been brought against George Zimmerman.
In the weeks following Trayvon’s death, it was suggested by a prominent media personality on a social media site that perhaps this tragic event would not have occurred had Trayvon not been wearing a hoodie. In response to this, many people across North America have been wearing hoodies to symbolize their opposition to such callous statements as well as their support for Trayvon.
On Thursday, March 29, 2012, over 100 Osgoode students, faculty and staff joined Osgoode’s Black Law Student Association to stand in solidarity against Trayvon’s tragic killing and to ask for justice.