Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Are these people attempting to profit off of Trayvon Martin’s death?
Businesses cash in on Trayvon Inc.
In the height of the controversy, websites popped up selling everything from Trayvon hoodies to T-shirts, bracelets and Skittles — the candies Trayvon was carrying when Zimmerman shot him during a scuffle.
At least two websites are dedicated to selling Trayvon-related clothes. Dean Gonzalez, owner of one of them, trayvonmartinshirts.com, said that he sold 100 T-shirts and hoodies and donated most of the proceeds to the foundation created in the slain teen’s name.
“I’m not an opportunist. If I was an opportunist, I’d be playing both sides of the fence selling Zimmerman T-shirts too,” said Gonzalez, a Miami music producer. “My father was murdered, and the killer was never charged. For me, this is a really sad case that really strikes a nerve.”
Simon Owens is an assistant managing editor at U.S. News & World Report. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org