The Canonization of Trayvon Martin

St. Trayvon


What will become of Trayvon’s hoodie, the latest piece of iconic trial evidence?

Sift everything. Sift the weeks of testimony, the theatrics, the recriminations, the tears. Sift the months of noisy commentary — the relentless, pounding, grating noise.

One image remains, clinging there to our consciousness. Sturdy, permanent, enduring, a distillation — a takeaway.

In the moment that the hoodie — Trayvon Martin’s hoodie — appeared in Courtroom 5D in Seminole County, Fla., it was as if the air sluiced out the door. There was a breathless, aching stillness.

Prosecutors displayed the dark gray sweatshirt that Martin wore on the last night of his life in an enormous, rectangular, thickly three-dimensional frame. The hoodie lay suspended between clear plastic sheets with its arms spread wide inside a cross-shaped cutout, set starkly apart from the brilliant white of the matting. It might easily have been mistaken for a religious relic, even as it became a singularly evocative entry in a long inventory of indelible courtroom artifacts from O.J. Simpson’s ill-fitting gloves to Lorena Bobbitt’s emasculating kitchen knife. Prosecutors lifted the framed hoodie awkwardly, teetering toward the jury.

“I get goose bumps just thinking about it,” says Michael Skolnik, who sat next to Martin’s parents on that morning, the day before the Fourth of July. Skolnik, the political director for hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and a member of the Trayvon Martin Foundation board, felt as if he were in the presence of something as consequential and iconic as Babe Ruth’s bat or the Declaration of Independence. “It’s like this mythical garment,” he says.


In the words of Jeantel the Hutt, “That’s retarded, sir!”

Zimmerman Trayvon Hoodie

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69 Responses to The Canonization of Trayvon Martin

  1. Klown says:

    I picked a bad day to quit drinking.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    St. Skittles of the Sidewalk 😀

  3. elliesmom says:

    If the hoodie is returned to his parents, they’ll sell it on eBay. There’s no way they’d donate it to a museum.

    • Karma says:

      Or worse, travel with it on their paid speaking tours and let people take pictures while standing next to it.

      And then ask for donations in order to build a shrine of it’s own.

  4. lyn says:

    The hoodie should be treated the same way as any other piece of evidence. Store it and then destroy it.

  5. insanelysane says:

    Why do these idiots ignore the elephant in the room…the assault and battery of a stranger walking in his own community?

    How can they pretend it didn’t happen?

  6. lyn says:

    That’s sad but true.

  7. Carmelo Clandestine says:

    I am weary of the predatory thugs of the streets, and the fauxgressive elitists who make excuses for the depredations of the street thugs.

    I am also weary of the predatory thugs of the suites, and the reactionary elitists who make excuses for the depredations of the suite thugs.

    Does this country have any political party for someone like me?

  8. yttik says:

    Good grief! What is this hoodie, the Shroud of Turin? I seriously need a juice box and a nap.

  9. driguana says:

    nothing better to do on a rainy Saturday afternoon….

    Phony Scandals
    (spoken to a funky rap beat)

    Ain’t quite nuthin’
    like a phony scandal
    nuthin’ to grasp
    and there ain’t no handle

    all made up
    no facts just fiction
    no hypocrisy
    no dereliction

    the scandals are phony
    just a bunch of baloney
    the scandals are phony
    just noise and cacophony

    nobody died
    nobody cried
    it’s all a bunch of junk
    all political bunk

    nobody lied
    you gotta pay taxes
    just a bunch of phony scandals
    draped in hoodies and sandals

    just a bunch of phony sandals

  10. driguana says:

    skittle dee dee….41.6% unemployment among black teens….according to recent Bureau of Labor Statistics

  11. DeniseVB says:

    Probably why I haven’t “unfriended” Daily Kos newsletters, for gems like this. As I recall, Huma blamed herself for Ant’ny’s, uhm, problems, so Sally Quinn is right ? Not so by this kossack:

    h/t Vile Prog Headquarters 😀

  12. 1539days says:

    The rules of evidence would dictate that Trayvon’s hoodie can’t be released until Zimmerman’s gun is also release. Therefore, Zimmerman gets his gun back when the parents get the hoodie back.

  13. Klown says:

    Ho Lee Phuc!

    I just got a record high PG&E bill for July.

    Luckily I have averaging so the amount I have to pay only went up a little. The only thing different from last year is it was hot every single day last month. Day and night. It was over 100 degrees nearly half the days. I can survive with the heater set really low in winter by bundling up but I can’t stand the heat. I need A/C.

    So I am going around the house and unplugging everything that is non-essential.

    • 1539days says:

      Remember, everything plugged into an outlet creates heat as a byproduct of operation. The other option is to barricade yourself in one room with a window air conditioner.

    • helenk3 says:

      an electric coffee pot kept plugged in or an item like it can send your electric bill skyhigh.
      unplug it after using, same with toaster

  14. helenk3 says:

    the prisoner solidarity and justice for trayvon groups have joined to protest around the world. in LA danny glover is main speaker

  15. helenk3 says:

    you won’t believe this one
    trwanda brawley treated like a rock star at dinner

    • elliesmom says:

      I retired from public school teaching at 58 and from working in the education field at 60. I’m still pretty healthy, and I could get up and go to work everyday, but I discovered it felt good when I stopped banging my head against the wall. Rachel Jeantel and her friends are happy in their world. The only way to change their expectations for themselves is to make them unhappy with their lives, and no school is going to be able to do that. Give her a cell phone, cable TV, section 8 housing, and food stamps, and she only needs enough income to shop for clothes at Walmart and booze and drugs, which she can probably get in exchange for sex. She and others like her have no vision of themselves doing anything beyond the block they live in. I had hoped having a black family in the White House would raise personal expectations for young black people, but I just don’t see any evidence it’s made any positive change.

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  17. driguana says:

    don’t let me down….the Aggrolites, my favorite California band…

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  20. mothy67 says:

    Can’t get this to post

  21. DandyTIger says:

    Follow the links and hit your head on the desk. The question is, which is stupider, slate or salon:

  22. Klown says:

    I just went out front. The old widow woman next door is posted up out in front of her house, sitting on a lawn chair where she can see everything.

    She takes her job as Block Warden seriously.

  23. Klown says:

    We had badass toys when we were kids:

  24. helenk3 says:

    I just got some pictures on my FB that made me laugh so hard. down in Cape May NJ my youngest grand daughter works during the summer at Congress Hall a hotel. They had a miniature train ride for the kids. My grand daughter was the engineer. guess railroading is in the genes

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