The case of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida, has sparked a fierce debate across the United States on race and justice. Since the release of the 911 call, attention to the case has skyrocketed. Trayvon's death, which President Obama called a "national tragedy," has brought thousands into the streets to rally for George Zimmerman's arrest. It has generated mass interest across social networking sites and garnered reactions from top media and political personalities. It is also transforming the hoodie into a modern civil rights icon.
Demonstrators in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and other cities demanded "Justice for Trayvon" after a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in a Florida town last year.
They are all famous: Chandra Levy, Elizabeth Smart, Laci Peterson, Natalee Holloway, Madeleine McCann, Caylee Anthony…. In addition to being victims, they all have something else in common. They are all white. Though we now have a black president and many more minorities in powerful positions than we did when these infamous crimes took place, we still shine a much brighter spotlight on white victims of violence. The crimes that are believed to hold the interest of the broadest audience — and that get made into Lifetime movies — still all have white victims.