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.