Compiled by Arturo R. García
Mother Jones’ assertion that Wednesday’s Million Hoodie March for Trayvon Martin and the Occupy Wall Street movement are “linked” will need to be reassessed in the days ahead. Though Occupation members like @OccupyTheHood were credited by some with helping the two groups find solidarity leading into the event, by Wednesday evening, allegations were made online accusing members of OWS of moving to co-opt it. (A compilation of some of the tweets in the debate can be found here.)
But one more thing should be reevaluated from that video, too: the notion that “hundreds” took part. People on the ground, as well as some online outlets, reported that thousands lined the streets, among them Martin’s parents.
“Our son is your son,” Travon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, told the crowd. “This is not a black and white thing. This is a right and wrong thing.”
But with longtime activist and political pundit Al Sharpton has organized a rally seeking justice for Trayvon, and the arrest of his killer, George Zimmerman, in Sanford, Fl., where the crime – for which Zimmerman was never arrested – took place, and other rallies sure to follow, perhaps Wednesday’s march could prove to be something else: a beginning.