Diversity Committee of Massachusetts State College Calls Trayvon Martin Tragedy a “State-Sanctioned Murder”

Mar 28, 2012
2:54 pm

The Trayvon Martin tragedy has sparked a national debate regarding social justice, race relations, and criminal investigations. It is the OJ case of the the Social Media Age, with unprecedented attention, both in the national media and in communities all over the US. Today, a local Boston talk show page published the following email about a scheduled event being organized by Framingham State University, which is part of Massachusetts' state university system.

This is what was published and share on the show page.


Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 9:33 AM 

To: FacStaff 

Subject: Important Invitation from the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

Dear Colleagues:

On Thursday, April 5, from 1:30-2:30 p.m., in the Heineman Center, FSU will have an event to observe and process the murder of Trayvon Martin; you are invited to attend and encouraged to wear a hoodie. As a community we will commemorate Trayvon, react to what appears to be his state-sanctioned murder, and discuss strategies to respond when something like this happens in our country. Students, faculty and staff from many groups around campus, led by the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, are organizing the event, and we hope you will join us.

We are still planning details of this event, and will share them ahead of time, but we were eager to get this into everyone’s calendar.

Questions? Please email me.

Best regards,

Sue Dargan, on behalf of the Committe [sic] on Diversity and Inclusion

Although we commend FSU's Committee on Diversity and Inclusion to hold an event as a tribute to Trayvon's death, did the phrase "state-sanctioned murder" need to be included? What do you think?