The Miami Heat‘s photograph tribute to Trayvon Martin was one of the most moving images in recent memory. Not everyone appears to understand what the team was trying to do, or why the Martin case has captivated the nation.
Dan Garca of Sirius XM radio said over the air on Saturday that if Martin wasn’t wearing a hoodie, he would still be alive.
I guarantee you one thing, is that, if Trayvon Martin that night was not wearing a hoodie, I bet you dollars to donuts he’s still alive today, okay? Because no hoodie means no warrant for suspicion.
Later, he also talked about the Heat posing for a team photo wearing hoodies as a way to send a message and how he doesn’t understand what they were doing.
And by posing in these hoodies, they’re making it a black-white issue, instead of supporting the family, or—calling for justice.
What they’re doing is not going to bring the victim back alive.
He says that the Heat are just doing this “for their own publicity.” How cynical can one man really get?
Here is a gesture from one of the biggest sports franchises in this country that is supposed to be about letting the world know that they support this young man, but Garca wants to say that they are not doing anything to help the issue.
Yet in his infinite wisdom, Garca decides to compound the issue by saying that Martin was killed for wearing a hoodie.
If Garca really wanted to add anything to this whole messy situation, he should pay attention to what he is saying and why he is saying it. If he just wants to be like all those other radio hosts who say something just to get their name out there, mission accomplished.
But what Garca should be concerned about is trying to figure out why this young man was killed and praising the Heat for showing their support for Martin.
It’s not like Garca has done anything that would come close to constituting a show of support for Martin or his family. No, he’s too busy running with conspiracy theories about why Martin wearing the hoodie was the real problem.