Facebook Blackout for Trayvon Martin

By//Kyra Kyles

Do not adjust your computer screens.

If you’re on Facebook and your friends’ smiling profiles are replaced with a black box, it’s no accident.

Just as supporters of marriage equality swapped their pics out for red avatars in March, those who want to see justice served in the trial against George Zimmerman are making a social media statement.

The black boxes are expected to stay up until the verdict in the case involving the 29-year-old defendant, a neighborhood watch volunteer who allegedly followed and then got into a fatal confrontation with 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was visiting his father and walking home from a convenience store at the time of the altercation.

The case has resulted in sharp divides along racial lines, with some, including Zimmerman’s father accusing African Americans of being “the true racists” for refusing to consider what role Martin might have played in the altercation. Meanwhile others have railed against the notion of a trial at all and bemoaned the fact that it took over 40 days for Zimmerman to even be arrested in the shooting death of the teen.

Currently, the trial is in closing arguments with a verdict expected in coming days. Until then, you might need to get used to seeing dark boxes where some of your friends faces used to be.

Will you be blacking out your profile in support of the trial?