“As every airline employee knows, there is a very specific code for dress and behavior when traveling on a pass,” one commenter posted. “Sadly, the employee who was kind enough to offer the passes to these whiners will be the one paying the consequences.”
Hoodies have become a flashpoint for racial discrimination since the 2012 shooting of Travyon Martin, the 17-year-old black teenager from Sanford, Florida who was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Martin, who was black, was wearing a hoodie when Zimmerman claimed that Martin looked “suspicious.” Zimmerman said he shot Martin in self-defense and his trial is set for June 10.
Just last week, a Florida police sergeant with the Port Canaveral Police Department was fired for conducting practice with targets resembling Trayvon Martin wearing a hoodie. Sgt. Ron King, who had been with the Port Canaveral police force for two years, was fired for using Martin’s image as target practice.
“Whether it was his stupidity or his hatred, (this is) not acceptable,” said Port Authority interim CEO Jim Walsh.
Walsh said it happened at a training exercise earlier this month. King was teaching a shooting course to other officers and allegedly had the posters in his patrol car.
Benjamin Crump, Trayvon Martin’s family attorney, released a statement saying, “It is absolutely reprehensible that a high-ranking member of the Port Canaveral Police, sworn to protect and serve Floridians, would use the image of a dead child as target practice.”
I met Sabrina and Tracy Martin, the mother and father of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, last week.
“We just want to do what’s right,” Tracy Martin told BlackAmericaWeb in an exclusive interview. “We just want to do the right thing.”
For Tracy Martin, the “right thing” is sharing a message that Trayvon was a victim, not the aggressor or a thug; that he was good son who was shot and killed by an overzealous, self-imposed neighborhood watch leader.
Tracy and Sabrina said they know the upcoming trial will take a lot of out of them, emotionally and psychologically, but they will endure, they explained, because they are seeking justice for their son.
“It’s very challenging,” Tracy Martin told me. “We have a long way to go.”
For many black men, hoodies, like the one Trayvon Martin was wearing, still invite trouble. Just ask Miles and MacCraig Warren.
What do you think? Do you think US Airways was wrong for making the Warren brothers change attire to fly first class or was this a case of blatant racism? Comment below.