'Do I Look Suspicious?'<br />
Howard Students' Video Goes Viral

'Do I Look Suspicious?'
Howard Students' Video Goes Viral

A group of students from the iconic HBCU come together to fight racial profiling and demand justice for Trayvon Martin

Maya Rhodan

by Maya Rhodan, April 02, 2012

'Do I Look Suspicious?'<br />
Howard Students' Video Goes Viral

Does he look "suspicious"? 

anyone to unlawful violence, but I'm attending college to be a future educator... I am thinking about my future students. Trayvon could have been a student of mine. That would be an empty seat in my class. That's a child. That's my future. That's why I've been in the position I am in defending Trayvon Martin's justice. 

EBONY: How do you think the video will make a difference in the movement to bring justice for Trayvon Martin?

Conday: I think the video will compel people to check their racial biases and prejudice. Trayvon Martin's death will show our generation the power we possess when we come together for a common cause.  When we ignore race barriers and mobilize together, we can cause change.

Scrubbs: We wanted to put something out there to travel far and wide and start the discourse that we hoped would be helpful, that we hoped would be healthy. We didn’t want it to be a week- one -and -done and people would move on to something else. Another point of the video is to make sure people know that racial profiling is a reality in this country, there’s no question...We need to see that it is a present and real issue and we need to step away from it.

EBONY: What’s next for Howard Students for Justice?

Bernard: What's next depends on the next course of action of our judicial system. Whatever actions are taken, our next course of action will reflect that situation, our main action supporting justice for Trayvon. 

Saulters: Hopefully people will keep up their efforts. But, ultimately we want to see the law amended. Every jurisdiction except D.C. has a self defense clause with protocol for handling the case, --we want to see "Stand Your Ground" amended because over the years it has evolved from protecting your property and person, to your neighbors property and safety, to feelings of “threat.” Who’s to say that it won’t transform to “I belong in this bar and this Black man doesn’t?”

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