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By: Madam Prezident
Nikkolas Smith created an image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (pictured) wearing a hoodie, as homage to Trayvon Martin. However, some people are displeased with the young lady’s creativity. As a matter of fact, Dr. King’s niece was asked about the viral picture of Dr. King in a hoodie in a recent interview, and the young lady stated “Dr. King would have never worn a hoodie.” I’m sure the young lady who photoshopped the iconic picture of Dr. King wasn’t putting King in a hoodie, I believe she was making a statement that Trayvon could have been the next King, but we would never know-because he was killed way too young.
Titled, “April 4, 1968″ (the day King was assassinated), the image appears on a web gallery of posters supporting gun control. The image quickly spread through social media sites, after former President Barack Obama adviser Van Jones re-tweeted the image following the verdict.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?”