This photo was taken this week at the McGill Law Faculty, in response to the death of Trayyvon Martin, a 17-year-old boy who was shot dead while walking home from school. The “Wear Your Hoodie Days” at McGill were organized by Ngozi Okidegbe, a fellow 1L at the faculty. She explains her motivation on mobilizing McGill students here.
Of course, campaigns like this are never enough. and I’ve heard of criticisms like: are we making activism seem too easy? How do we account for the fact that a hoodie worn by affluent, middle-class, and white bodies will never appear suspicious, while a black skin under a hoodie will inevitably look more suspicious? Nevertheless, I think it’s an important start, to make people aware that racial profiling is alive and well in our very own backyard as well – I’m talking about incidents like a Montreal driver getting pulled over because his “Quebecois-sounding name” supposedly did not “match” his black skin.