Today is the 5th anniversary of the murder of an innocent American teenage boy: Trayvon Martin. Please see the information below, which comes from Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). There are toolkits for how white people can #TalkAboutTrayvon; toolkits for people of color on what #TrayvonTaughtMe, suggestions on what to post on social media, and more. Please take the time to explore these resources, and to find your own way to honor this young man; to connect his murder to the movement for Black lives; and to heed the urgent need for racial justice action and solidarity.
Five years ago today, Trayvon Martin’s extrajudicial murder and his family’s commitment to ending gun violence and strengthening communities catalyzed a generation of organizers and activists to take action for Black lives.
Five years later, the same conditions that led to Trayvon’s death have been exacerbated under the Trump administration. Anti-Blackness is pervasive and implicit, and Black children and adults continue to be put on trial for their own murders.
The perceptions of Black people and Blackness, both in America and globally, have resulted in the refusal to acknowledge the unique cultural contributions of Black people. Moreover, they perpetuate prejudice, deadly policing, racist legislation, and interpersonal violence.
Trayvon Martin's death sparked a movement. Join us in remembering him. Here’s how:
#TalkAboutTrayvon digital toolkit and campaign: SURJ is proud to share the #TalkAboutTrayvon toolkit in partnership with the Black Lives Matter Global Movement to launch a conversation among white people about the conditions that led to the extrajudicial murder of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman. White communities are used to consciously and unconsciously maintain the racist policies and practices that led to Travyon’s death -- and the time is now to have courageous conversations with friends and family members about who Trayvon Martin was and why he’s dead.
Link to the #TalkAboutTrayvon Toolkit for White People: http://rememberingtrayvon.com/talkabouttrayvon/
Link to the #TalkAboutTrayvon Toolkit for White People in PDF form for printing: https://drive.google.com/…/0B0pJEXffvS0uTklXNEdzMTVfRT…/view
Link to shareable graphics: https://drive.google.com/…/fol…/0B0pJEXffvS0ubXo3al9kUldWQlE
Link to #TrayvonTaughtMe Toolkit, designed for people of color: https://drive.google.com/…/0B0pJEXffvS0uNHlsQzlqNjBZcVU/view
Link to #TrayvonTaughtMe Toolkit in Spanish: https://drive.google.com/…/0B0pJEXffvS0uUXF5R3prek5UeTg/view