Tuesday, July 16, 2013
An image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a hoodie has gone viral, linking the death of Trayvon Martin, who was wearing a hoodie the night he was killed, with the civil rights movement, racial profiling and gun violence. Artist Nikkolas Smith created the image, titled "April 4th, 1968," the date of King's assassination; it appeared on a web site of gun control posters. Smith commented, "I created this image when George Zimmerman first killed Trayvon Martin. There was this whole national outcry, a hoodie movement and everybody was rocking their hoods and everything. Just trying to get that message out there about what is considered suspicious. Is my black skin considered suspicious?” After Zimmerman was acquitted, former Obama adviser Van Jones tweeted the image and asked his followers to retweet it.