Artist’s Image of Dr. King Jr. in Hoodie Goes Viral

Written by admin   // July 16, 2013   // 0 Comments

by Hannington Dia, NewsOne

Nikkolas Smith, the image’s creator, says he wanted to spark discussion about stereotypes of Black men in hoodies, when the Martin case first broke.

“There was this whole national outcry, a hoodie movement and everybody was rocking their hoods and everything,” Smith told Buzzfeed. “Just trying to get that message out there about what is considered suspicious. Is my Black skin considered suspicious?”

Smith says the image is important because “MLK is the most-iconic figure.”

Hoodies have become a rallying symbol in the year since Martin’s murder. He was wearing one when neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman followed and confronted him in a Sanford, Fla., gated community on February 26, 2012. This caused a scuffle, leading to Zimmerman fatally shooting Martin in the heart.

Zimmerman was found not guilty on second-degree and manslaughter charges Saturday, sparking mass demonstrations across the country.


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