Students on many campuses held protests last week of the killing of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black 17-year old who was shot and killed in Florida. His killer has claimed self-defense and, to date, faces no charges, outraging many. Other campuses are planning protests this week.
The case -- seen by many as highlighting the discrimination faced by young black men -- has been the subject of particular discussion at historically black colleges and universities. More than 100 Livingstone College  students held a protest Friday. Howard University  students held a vigil. At Paul Quinn College,  President Michael Sorrell invited students and others to attend a rally that attracted hundreds. Students at Winston-Salem State University  also held a protest.
The protests and activities are by no means limited to historically black colleges. At the University of South Florida,  black students organized a protest in which they sat with signs that demonstrated what Trayvon Martin had with him when he was shot. Signs said:
- Hoodie. Check.
- Package of Skittles. Check.
- Drink. Check.
- Black. Check.
Those statements were followed by the quote: "Hope I don’t get shot."
Western Michigan University  students are planning a rally for today at which they are encouraging people to wear hoodies. A protest is also planned for today at Virginia Commonwealth University.