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Smithsonian Wants Trayvon Hoodie For Black Wing

From ABC News:

Smithsonian Eyes Trayvon Martin Hoodie for Museum Exhibit

By COLLEEN CURRY | August 1, 2013

The hooded sweatshirt Trayvon Martin wore the night George Zimmerman shot him to death could end up on display at the Smithsonian Institution.

The shirt became a powerful symbol of the case after Zimmerman described Martin as wearing a "hoodie" the night he killed the teen, claiming self-defense. Protestors across the country wore hoodies in support of Martin as they called for Zimmerman’s arrest, prosecution and conviction.

A Florida jury acquitted Zimmerman last month, finding too little evidence to convict him of second-degree murder or manslaughter.

Prosecutors had introduced the famed hoodie into evidence during the trial. A hush fell over the Seminole County courtroom as they displayed it for the court.

The jurors weighing Zimmerman’s guilt were still and attentive while looking at the sweatshirt, according to reports from the day. One juror lifted out of her seat to get a better look at the hoodie, and the group tracked the sweatshirt as Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, moved it away from the jury box.

After all, it’s now a holy relic.

The hoodie is now stored with other evidence from the case at the U.S. Department of Justice, which has opened an investigation into whether Zimmerman violated Martin’s civil rights.

But the power and symbolism of the hoodie could be available for legions of visitors to an iconic Washington, D.C., museum.

The director of a new branch of the Smithsonian, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, told the Washington Post he would like the museum to acquire the piece of history for its permanent collection.

Let’s hope they also include a piece of the concrete sidewalk that young Trayvon was bashing Mr. Zimmerman’s head against.

"It became the symbolic way to talk about the Trayvon Martin case," Lonnie Bunch told the Post. "It’s rare that you get one artifact that really becomes the symbol. "Because it’s such a symbol, it would allow you to talk about race in the age of Obama." ..

Because otherwise nobody would ever talk about race. It never comes up anymore.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is set to open in 2015 in Washington.

How far will it be from the Martin Luther King monument, and the words about not judging people by the color of their skin?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 2nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Smithsonian Wants Trayvon Hoodie For Black Wing”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Smithsonian turned down the donation of Larry Ellison’s groundbreaking, revolutionary USA-17 – a carbon fiber trimaran wonder that actually goes faster than the winds pushing it …

    .. but they do want Trayvon’s hoodie.

    The last sign of the Apocalypse.

  2. canary says:

    So the new director Lonnie Bunch of the new Smithsonian African American branch must be on LSD if he thinks law enforcement can loan evidence, unless our looney leader makes some presidential order through his DOJ that can do what ever it wants.

    No doubt the Smithsonian Institute will make a replica with a box of skittles hanging out the pocket.

    • Noyzmakr says:

      I think once all trials are finished the “evidence” reverts back to it’s original owners or heirs. The only reason Zimmerman doesn’t have his gun back or Trayvon’s family doesn’t have the “hoodie” is because of this unconstitutional “Civil rights violations and hate crime” crap. I’m positive that sweatshirt will end up in the part of the Smithsonian that I predict will have less traffic than any other wing or set of exibits in the museums history. But we’ll be told it’s the most popular.

      I think they should hang all the blood stained clothing of black kids killed in the last thirty years on the walls of this new exibit as a monument to the RAP culture, the success of the war on poverty’s welfare state and the dominance of the democrat party in the inner cities. Washington, DC couldn’t contain the exibit.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Of complete absurdity is the fascination some people have over this. It may be proof that the BS narrative, created by the media, has taken hold.

      The old expression, “People believe what they want to believe seems to hold true here.

      How many parents will teach their kids “Well what actually happened was that Zimmerman stalked Martin and shot him in cold blood”.

      That’s actually a trick question because in the AA community, it remains to be seen that parents, that is, single mothers, teach their kids anything beyond the assimilation of welfare and freebies and living off society and producing nothing. On the other hand, it fits well with the theory that “whitey is evil and trying to kill them all”.

      Of course, reality is often very different than the narrative, the story, the tale. It would seem that it has grown legs now and the only real question is, is this the media trying to shore up the flimsy BS narrative they created or is it Sharpton and Jackson trying to set up a ‘retirement account’ by keeping the lie alive?

      Maybe a bit of both.

      But what good does the sweatshirt do being on display? It’s not like it’s the tunic of a civil war soldier and Noyz nailed it when he said it would be the least visited wing of the (formerly) great national museum.

      Is this how America wants to have that “honest discussion about race”?

      I’m not thinking so. Blacks who I’ve talked to in rural SC think the whole Martin thing was BS. Oddly, the city blacks prefer to believe it was some tremendous injustice, committed by a bad white man. When I point out that Obama is half-white as Zimmerman is half-white and then the looks start, as if to say, “that’s different”.

      The real problem is the chip on the shoulder of blacks in America who think they are owed everything and actually DESERVE the whole thing, handed to them on a platter, with shame in the eyes of the giver.

      Of note is that blacks in slavery continue in Africa, Haiti and other parts of the world. Enslaved by people of their own race. Somehow with the race-baiters in this nation, want us to believe that it’s only something that whites do.

      Fact is, slavery is most predominant in non-white nations. Great Britain and the US were the first to outlaw it categorically. So there you have it.

      The insanity that somehow it still continues…and maybe it does…the racism that is. But it isn’t so much racism as it is an intense dislike of how they have decided to shape their sub-culture with their lingo, rap, violence, gangs, attitudes, refusal to learn in school or even try to be productive because to do so voids the built-in excuse that “whitey is trying to make me something I’m not”.

      Check the prisons, do a headcount. Tally up who’s in prison and why. Easy to do with the internet.

      Then tally up the number of abortions that happen in the “black community”. A misnomer if ever there was one because the word “community” implies that there is functionality and some degree of social harmony.

      Black on black crime is as high as it ever was. Black on other race crime continues to increase.

      The psychology of it all is what’s questionable here, not the actions of a few miserable, aging men who have been angry all their lives because they didn’t have the intelligence to make an honest living so they turned to the industry of race-baiting.

      As the snarky expression goes, “Let me know how that works out for ya.”.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Rusty, you’re turning into a quality Essayist.

    • Noyzmakr says:

      Rusty, I hope you’re keeping a copy of all these posts. Historians of the future would do well to read them. Much more truth in your writings than anything anyone is saying in the mainstream.

      Again, bravo.

  3. xdannyh says:

    A very sad state of affairs indeed: Researching the purpose of the Smithsonian came up with the founders declaration: “for the increase and diffusion of knowledge”. Evidently, when given over to the care of the U.S. gov. the purpose was changed somewhat to:” an institution of science and learning”. I do not understand how the article mentioned qualifies for exhibition. Was not the legal finding that Zimmerman had to use deadly force to stop the attack from Martin who was on top of Z beating his head into the ground?
    If I was a black man I would be upset that this exhibit would be the best that could be found for the scientific contributions to North American society. I would wonder how the exhibit would bolster the aspect of negro participation and appreciation of “science and learning”.
    As an aside, when I visited the Smithsonian in early 2000 a moon stone was featured at the entry. It was incased in a see thru sphere and you could put your hand in and touch it. Quite a thrill….to be remembered every time one looks at the moon….how many hands have touched that stone…..Is it not the single most item touched by hundreds of millions of folks from all walks of life and race and religion.. in the history of mankind. What an inclusive aspect to history and life. That’s one of my memories of the Smithsonian. Sorry to go on about my personal experience I just couldn’t help it.

  4. AcornsRNutz says:

    I personally feel it should be auctioned off and the proceeds given to other victims of Mars candy and Arizona beverage company. Apparently possession of their products causes premature death, particularly in young minorities.

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