Brilliant idea, let’s glorify thug behavior in the Smithsonian!
Now that the trial of George Zimmerman is over, what will become of the hooded sweatshirt worn by Travyon Martin on the night he was shot and killed? That’s the question posed today in a great Washington Post piece. And while it may be some time before we get an answer, one suggestion means the hooded sweatshirt, a piece of clothing that has taken on greater meaning after Martin’s death, could eventually be on display in D.C.
Lonnie Bunch, the director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture [part of the Smithsonian -ed.], told the Post he’d “love” to acquire the sweatshirt for a collection, an idea endorsed by the Rev. Al Sharpton:
Martin’s hoodie, Bunch said, represents a unique opportunity to further the discussion about race in America. (And, by the way, he’d love to have it for his collection once the legal case plays out. He also has his eye on the hoodie that Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, wore in solidarity with protesters.)
“It became the symbolic way to talk the Trayvon Martin case. It’s rare that you get one artifact that really becomes the symbol,” Bunch said. “Because it’s such a symbol, it would allow you to talk about race in the age of Obama.”
Curators, he mused, could “ask the bigger questions” prompted by the case. “Are we in a post-racial age?” Bunch asked, dreaming about how the hoodie might help shape perceptions. Then he answered the question: “This trial says, ‘No.”