They say a picture is worth a thousand words and these images convey the point that the U.S. is not yet a post-racial society--even in 2013. Ebony magazine has created a series of covers for its September issue to keep Trayvon Martin's memory alive and to encourage the continuance of the national conversation on race that was sparked by the case. The covers depict Martin's family and various entertainment and sports figures wearing hoodies; the message it sends is "We are all Trayvon Martin." The hoodie, a ubiquitous piece of clothing in all of our wardrobes, has become a reminder that a young black man,minding his own business, walking down the street, can somehow end up murdered. For minorities everywhere, the hoodie also signifies the belief that, "There but for the grace of God go I."
The cover has generated some controversy already with some rumors (probably untrue) that the Tea Party has called for a boycott of Ebony. Whether true or not, Ebony tweeted this rejoinder, "We have so many Tea Party readers and followers. To lose all zero of them due to our September cover would be devastating."
Meanwhile, in Brooklyn, a different image also reminds us that racial discrimination and intolerance are still with us. A statute of Jackie Robinson was defaced with swastikas and racial slurs in Coney Island and the the police are still looking for the vandals. (h/t David Williams) This event is disconcerting in light of the movie 42 that is currently in the theaters about the life of Jackie Robinson and his integration of Major League Baseball.