LEFT: Trayvon Martin (The Martin Family); RIGHT: Photo illustration © 2013 Nikkolas Smith

Trayvon as symbol

One nation under the hoodie. Where it should be.

Michael Eric Ross
Jul 21, 2013 · 6 min read

Trayvon Martin didn’t live long enough to find his place in the conversation of our time, about race or anything else. But the manner of his passing — at the hands of a loser with a gun — is emblematic to millions of African Americans, and their supporters in the wider American community. Every movement needs a symbol. Trayvon Martin has become, by tragic accident, the symbol for a younger generation.

It’s the same social structure that has, over generations, made rock-solid certain that women now earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns to do the same work.

It’s the same social structure that is, right now, state by state, despite the federal protection of Roe v. Wade, doing all it can to roll back abortion services and reproductive counseling rights for women across this country, working hard to drive women seeking those necessary options back into the shadows.

True solidarity requires recognizing that when it comes to what’s fair, what’s right and what’s truly just, you, young white American woman, have more in solidarity with Trayvon Martin than you think.

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