The Daily News is pulling no punches with today’s cover, a reaction to George Zimmerman’s acquittal after killing Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17 year-old black boy. The cover shows a faceless body wearing a grey hooded jacket, which Trayvon donned the night he was racially profiled, stalked and killed by Zimmerman.

The cover includes Martin’s name in a list of martyrs of the civil rights movement and victims of hate crimes in America’s racist history, including Emmett Till, Willie Edwards, James Chaney, Michael Donald, Michael Griffith, Yusef Hawkins and James Byrd, Jr.

It then asks the very powerful, poignant and weighted question: “When Will It End?”

Alongside the solemn image of a faceless figure with a hood and the list of martyrs, The Daily News shows an alternate image: a picture of George Zimmerman smiling along with the words “Not Guilty.”

The first line of the cover story reads: “Trayvon Martin, an African-American killed in an attack seen by many as racially motivated, is just the latest name in a sad roll call. These gruesome hate crimes dating to the ’50s also stirred widespread shock and fury.”

This issue of the New York Daily News is only on newsstands in New York today.

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  • MimiLuvs

    I’m glad that you guys/gals appraciate the cover from yesterday’s paper because in the readers’ comment section people were upset that TM was placed in the category of ‘hate crime victims’. There was one comment in which a reader questioned why Matthew Sheperd wasn’t mentioned in that list…. SMH.
    Some people don’t ‘get’ it.
    They say things like ‘Why didn’t TM call the police instead of talking to his friend on that night?’
    Because he didn’t have to. Maybe he thought that the driver was just following him until he came home. Maybe he thought that he could defend himself, if he needed to. Maybe he didn’t think that the police wouldn’t have arrived by the time they were needed.
    They say ‘Well, he smoked pot and he had FB posts where he talks about fighting and guns and …’
    And? I’m sure those two boys from Stubenville drank alcohol on the night that they raped that girl. But, I’m pretty sure the under-age drinking from those two was considered to be a ‘boys will be boys’ thing.
    Besides, just because he smoked pot doesn’t mean that he deserved to be killed on that night. Just because he bragged about being a tough guy on FB doesn’t mean that he deserved to get killed on that night.
    They say ‘He should’ve cooperated with…’
    PAUSE… Cooperated with whom? You’re talking about the fat mammal who is a captain of the neighborhood watch team. GZ wasn’t a police officer. He was a dude who volunteered in his block’s neighborhood watch squad. And apparently, the moron was too observant because he should’ve known that Trayvon lived in that area, ever since he was a captain of the neighborhood watch.
    They say ‘This is not a race thing…’
    Oh really… Let’s put it this way. A 17 year-old white kid by the name of Travis Martin was killed by a black man named George Jenkins. Jenkins claimed that he acted out in self-defense. There are no witnesses who claimed to see the scuffle but they heard the gunshot.
    Do you really think George Jenkins would’ve been found ‘not guilty’. Do you think George Jenkins would’ve been able to return home after being questioned by officers for a few hours?
    They say ‘black people are over-reacting…’

  • The Daily News equates the death of Emmett Till with that of Trayvon Martin? How ridiculous. With its attempt at sensationalism, the News adds gasoline to the fires of hatred. Now wonder the NY Post is beating the News as NYC’s preferred litter-box liner.