It's Not A Hymn For Hoodies. It's A Vivid Reminder Of The Biggest Question About This Whole Mess.
Even before things got cloudy in the Trayvon Martin murder trial, questions surrounded the window of time between his death and when an arrest was made. Why had that taken so long? What was the delay? That's what I remember asking. The reasons for that oh-too-long pause, exemplified through this song, give us a peaceful reminder of how hard it was to get justice in motion and now how much further justice has to go. The line that really gets to me comes at 3:25 because it calls attention to such a simple fact, and yet it became so much more than that.
Filmed at House of the Lord in Brooklyn, N.Y. prior to the arrest of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin. Sanford police delayed arresting him largely due to Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' laws that require police to have specific types of evidence when a self-defense claim is made, which Zimmerman did. If you want to do something about that, go here, or you could sign the NAACP petition asking the Justice Department to make this a civil rights case.