Victims Of Police Brutality: Cage Pays Tribute To Trayvon Martin

Marvel Legend pays tribute to Trayvon Martin with the Black hoddie in Luke Cage.

The new Netflix comic series, Luke Cage that has gained so much popularity since its release has a tangible reason behind the significant black hoddie worn by the superhero played Mike Colter.

Marvel Legend’s first Black superhero in an interview with the Huffington Post explained why the original colour of the hoddie he was supposed to wear was changed from yellow to black. He said, “It’s a nod to Trayvon, no question.”

Colter further added that “Trayvon Martin and people like him. People like Jordan Davis, a kid who was shot because of the perception that he was a danger. When you’re a black man in a hoodie, all of a sudden you’re a criminal. That’s something we shouldn’t have to deal with, but we do. It’s a double standard. We can’t cover our head when it’s cold and raining because God forbid someone sees us and puts our life in danger. We wanted to pay homage to that—it’s not something we were shying away from.”

leading man in Luke Cage, Colter also mentioned how challenging  for the crew was the process of shooting the movie, which to some extent deals with police brutality against Black people.

“When we were filming this, there were different things going on,” Colter said. “Eric Garner, the policemen were acquitted. No one was brought to justice. There was no handing out of any sentence. There are a couple of other things that happened during the time we were filming. We were watching the news, and it was always someone being shot who was unarmed, and there is no justification for it. It’s mind-boggling.”

This is indeed a great initiative to pay tribute to Black victims of unjust treatment. This will attract the necessary attention which is so much needed as we rally to support and speak for victims of police brutality, it even may bring them the justice they do deserve.

Source: The Root
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