July 31, 2013

Smithsonian Interested In Trayvon Martin's Hoodie

After seeing Trayvon Martin's framed hoodie at trial, I jokingly told friends the item would likely end up in a museum somewhere. I actually mentioned the Smithsonian specifically, but only in jest. I honestly didn't think the world's most incredible museum of history would stoop to pandering race-baiters like Al Sharpton and Barack Obama.

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I was wrong.

Sharpton would like to see the hoodie reside one day at the National Museum of African American History and Culture now under construction on the Mall and expected to open in 2015. The museum’s director, Lonnie Bunch, has assembled other pieces with legal themes. He acquired a guard tower from Louisiana’s notorious Angola State Penitentiary and the handcuffs used to restrain renowned African American scholar and Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. in an episode that sparked a national debate about race and led to a "beer summit" with Obama aimed at cooling passions.

Martin's hoodie, Bunch said, represents a unique opportunity to further the discussion about race in America.

Ultimately, the decision for the fate of the clothing will be up to Martin's family. It is my personal belief they will choose the most profitable destination for the hoodie. The likes of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson will have no problems raising whatever amount the Martins' demand.

By DMartyr at 01:08 PM | Comments |