Social Media Campaign Wants To ‘Boycott America’ To Honor Trayvon Martin
SANFORD, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — A social media campaign wants to boycott America in honor of Trayvon Martin Tuesday.
Through Facebook, Twitter and text messaging, thousands are calling to “Boycott America” in the wake of the acquittal of George Zimmerman. The campaign calls on Americans not to spend their money at businesses on this day.
“In memory of Trayvon Martin, on July 23, 2013 we are boycotting America. We will not purchase anything on this day, no gas, food, clothes, etc. … nothing,” the campaign states. “Whatever we need to buy, please get it on the day before or the day after but NOT on July 23, 2013.”
The campaign also calls on people to wear black Tuesday.
While many say they stand with “Boycott America,” others took to Twitter to wonder how a boycott would honor the 17-year-old Martin.
“[P]eople are really gonna boycott America in honor of Trayvon Martin .. [E]xplain how those two even correlate which each other please,” one Twitter user posted.
Another person posted: “Whose idea was it to boycott America? Or even just the state of Florida? And the point of this is what?”
Over the weekend, the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network organized the “Justice for Trayvon” rallies and vigils outside federal buildings in at least 101 cities one week after a jury delivered the verdict for Zimmerman in Martin’s 2012 death in a gated central Florida community. Martin’s family took part in the rallies.
The case has become a flashpoint in separate but converging national debates over self-defense, guns, and race relations. Zimmerman, who successfully claimed that he was protecting himself when he shot Martin, identifies himself as Hispanic. Martin was black.
Attorney General Eric Holder announced last week that his department would investigate whether Zimmerman could be charged under federal civil rights laws. Such a case would require evidence that Zimmerman harbored racial animosity against Martin.
Most legal experts say that would be a difficult charge to prove. Zimmerman’s lawyers have said their client wasn’t driven by race, but by a desire to protect his neighborhood.
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