In late February, 17 year-old Trayvon Martin was gunned down by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. The shooter is claiming self-defense but it is widely felt that he acted unjustly. The week this happened, the story didn’t even register on mainstream news’ radar. I actually didn’t hear about it until 2 weeks after it happened and I heard about from Huffington Post’s “Black Voices” site. And the news they had was limited. As the weeks have gone on the story has sort of snowballed into a major nationwide headline. Now the nation is calling for action.
The main way the community is getting involved is through social media. Everyday I see a friend or two change their profile picture to the image of Trayvon as a child. There’s always a new petition to sign, or a new march to attend.
Social media was the main driving force for the “Million Hoodie March” in Union Square last week where people were asked to wear hoodies, carry a bag of skittles and a can of arizona ice tea because these were the items Trayvon had on him at the time of his killing. Without social media, this march would have taken a long time to organize but with it the march was planned and executed within a week.
As this story continues to unfold, watch out for how ways social media will make an impact