While some are still protesting for justice for the murdered Trayvon Martin, others are using his image as a target.
The Hiller Armament Company in Virginia has been selling gun targets that appear to be created to emulate Martin wearing a hoodie and holding Skittles and a bottle of iced tea. While the targets don’t use Martin’s face, the empty hoodie holding the candy and iced tea is enough to anger people across the country.
Virginia resident Tahir Duckett has created a petition to mobilize people around the issue.
“Virginia law prohibits the unauthorized use of a person’s name, portrait or picture for advertising or trade purposes. The right continues for 20 years after death. Tell Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to shut them down and punish these people for illegally profiting off of Trayvon’s tragic killing,” Duckett says on her website with her petition.
Once the press began covering this story, Hiller’s website was taken down and their phones disconnected.
So far, no explanation from the armament company was been made public.
According to Shaka Shakur, founder of the New Black Panther People’s Survival Program, “This is not surprising. It is a reminder of the racism that millions of Black people live every day. We are still in a state of segregation based on racism, murder and domination. This is what we have seen with Sean Bell, Ramarley Graham and now with Trayvon.”
In a case that outraged the nation, Martin was shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. Law enforcement’s 45-day delay in arresting Zimmerman sparked protests nationwide.
Zimmerman was eventually charged with murder.
The case is shaking people’s opinions about justice, and so far more than 100,000 people have signed Duckett’s petition.
“This is one of the sickest things I have read. Where are the ethics? When will this young man’s family be able to stop being victimized?” stated one of the petition signers.