Miami Heat Joined The "Hoodie Protest" Over Trayvon Martin's Death

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In a display of outrage and solidarity, Miami Heat players made an unmistakeable statement yesterday afternoon with a group pose in their team hoodies. Though simple in appearance, the act was in reality a sign of protest which stemmed from the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Though unarmed, the local police failed to investigate Martin's death further because the perpetrator claimed the shooting was in self defense. However, the controversy and racial overtone surrounding the case have stirred up anger across the U.S. It also gave raise to the "Hoodie Protest", a symbolic gesture to Martin, who also wore a hoodie when incident occurred. After a photo of the team's pose got posted on LeBron James' Twitter account with hashtags "#WeAreTrayvonMartin #Hoodies #Stereotyped #WeWantJustice", team member Dwyane Wade added a photo of himself in a hoodie on his Twitter profile (see below). New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire, who's originally from the Orlando area, also wore a hoodie during preparation for last's game against the Raptors. To learn about the circumstance behind the Martin's death and to take part in the protest, log on to Change.Org's online petition for more details.