Not sure if this exactly belongs in the general education forum, but I think it's closely related enough that I thought I'd post here. Basically, most of us have probably seen the news and seen responses on FB and other social media in response to the death of Trayvon Martin in FL. Over the past few days, a lot of thoughts have been stirring around inside my head, and finally came out in a FB post I made a few minutes ago. I thought I'd share, and see your thoughts: "My response to the "hoodie protests." First, I've hesitated writing this for a few days, and finally decided to join the FB discussion of the recent events in FL and subsequent responses on FB and elsewhere. First, what happened was a tragedy - no denying that, and my post is not meant to lessen the importance of the situation. However, for all those concerned with injustice and racism, we need to dig deeper. First, while the situation in FL is tragic, tragedy happens on a daily basis in every city across this country on a far larger scale each and every day. How many children receive sub-par educations, no support from caregivers, or are exposed to routine community violence - just as a few examples? Where are the protests for those kids? Next, the "hoodie protests" are no doubt powerful because of how visually engaging they are, and expressive of a very real issue that occurs in many communities, but I'd ask those putting on hoodies in protest: what's next? Next week, when the hoodie pictures aren't flooding our timelines anymore, where will you be? How many of us protesting will return to our normal lives, doing things like going out and ordering bottle service for hundreds of dollars when schools remain under-funded and families face hunger issues down the street from us? Please hear me: I'm not against people making a big deal of this situation or participating in the online protest through wearing hoodies or asking tough questions. I think both are great, and I'm 100% supportive. But, what's next? How will you take the next step in making our communities better? Because the reality is that wearing a hoodie online is about 0.01% of what it will take to achieve true change. Asking questions like, "Why hasn't Zimmerman been arrested?" are a lot easier than asking questions such as, "Why do second grade Black males read at lower rates than White males?" Tougher to ask, tougher to answer, and even tougher to do something about. So, don't take off your hoodie, but while you're wearing it, get online to sign up to volunteer for a project that you care deeply about. In other words, take some time to think about how your life reflects your statements in this case. Do you live your life on a daily, weekly, and yearly basis in line with your passion for community change? Or, is this just a passing trend for you?"