In an effort to raise awareness of racial profiling and bring attention to the Trayvon Martin case, the Black Latino Student Union (BLSU) sponsored an “I am Not Suspicious” walk across campus on March 30. Martin was the Florida teen who was shot and killed on Feb. 26 by George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain, who perceived Martin as a threat. Members of the Hamilton community were urged to wear hoodies and join in the march from the Taylor Science Center to the Kirner-Johnson Building.
In a campus e-mail, BLSU noted “The facts surrounding what happened to Trayvon Martin the night he was shot and killed are in dispute. What is clear however, is that he was unfairly targeted and perceived as a threat based on his appearance. Trayvon’s case is only one of many examples that has made evident that racial profiling continues to be an issue of significance.”
At 5 p.m. on March 30, in the Afro Latin Cultural Center, BLSU, the Voices of Color Lecture Series, and the Days-Massolo Cultural Center will host a discussion about the issues of racial profiling.