Pastors around the nation followed the not-guilty verdict in George Zimmerman’s murder trial with some blunt talk to their flocks on Sunday – many of whom were dressed in hoodies, the 17-year-old now-deceased Trayvon Martin’s signature piece of clothing.
“We should be raising Cain because, if we don’t, history has a way of repeating itself,” said Rev. Aaron Williams of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Seattle, Wash., The Blaze reported.
Bishop Victor Couzens of Inspirational Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, said similarly, while wearing a hoodie, WLWT-TV reported.
“We’re standing with the Martin family, we’re standing with the community,” the bishop said.
Others who participated in “Hoodie Sunday,” a church-driven effort to show solidarity with Trayvon and his family: Rev. Tony Lee of the Community of Hope A.M.E. in Temple Hills, Md., WITG-TV reported.
“I don’t want this kind of stuff to happen to another one of our children,” he said, in the report, while wearing a hoodie.
And Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., The Blaze reported. Senior Pastor Rev. Raphael Warnock said “we have a black man in the White House, but Trayvon Martin can’t walk without suspicion through the streets of his own gated community,” he said. “Here we are, again … staring in the face of old logic that black life is not as valuable as white life.”