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Twitter users adopt hoodie avatars in Trayvon Martin protest
The Miami Heat basketball team donned black hoodies on Twitter in a gesture of solidarity.
After the Internet demanded justice for slain black teenager Trayvon Martin, Twitter reached a fever pitch on Friday, condemning Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera for tweeting his view that “[Martin’s] hoodie killed” him.
There was plenty of raw outrage—but some high-profile Miami Heat stars found a quieter way to make a statement that was unique to the medium.
Martin was walking in in a Florida neighborhood, unarmed and a wearing a black hoodie, when he was shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain.
After Rivera’s comments circulated, star point guard Dwyane Wade changed his Twitter profile picture to an image of himself, wearing a black hoodie, his head bowed.
He tweeted the image with no text save three hashtags: #hoodies, #stereotype and #trayvonmartin.
Soon after, LeBron James tweeted a picture of his own—the whole Heat team, all wearing black hoodies, all with heads bowed, looking almost like monks. James also went without text—just the hashtags #WeAreTrayvonMartin #Hoodies #Stereotyped #WeWantJustice.
Photo via @DwyaneWade
A former senior politics reporter for the Daily Dot, Kevin Collier focuses on privacy, cybersecurity, and issues of importance to the open internet. Since leaving the Daily Dot in March 2016, he has served as a reporter for Vocativ and a cybersecurity correspondent for BuzzFeed.