Trayvon Martin and the risks of being young and black in America

Mar 23, 2012

Protestors make a call for justice in the case of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. Credit: werthmedia/Flickr (cc by-nc-nd)

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in New York’s Union Square Wednesday, to remember the life protest the death of the unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin who was killed three weeks ago by an overzealous neighborhood watchman. Martin’s parents attended the event, called the “Million Hoodie March” by the organizers. “Our son is your son,” Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton told the crowd. “This is not a black and white thing. This is a right and wrong thing.”

That may be, but Martin’s race is certainly a big part of the story. But ask any black man in America, and chances are, he has a “Driving While Black” story to tell. Our guest host Nick Roman talks with two KPCC reporters about their own personal experiences along those lines, how they’ve dealt with it and the advice their parents gave them for coping.


Do you have your own stories about racial profiling to share? How do you deal with it?


Corey Moore, KPCC Reporter

Stephen Hoffman, KPCC Reporter

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