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3 reasons we have not forgotten Trayvon Martin

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  • Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen, was shot and killed on this day last year
  • A year later, people say the case is still impacting them
3 reasons we have not forgotten Trayvon Martin

Do you remember thousands of people in cities across the nation wearing hoodies, claiming the same identity and demanding to know if they looked suspicious? Do you remember the thousands of parents claiming one teen as their son?

This emotional response was spun together by a single story thread still left blurry by unknown facts.

We know Trayvon Martin was a 17-year-old male who was walking home from a local convenience store on February 26, 2012 in Sanford, FL. He was carrying Skittles, Arizona tea and wearing a black hoodie. He encountered George Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watchman, who shot and killed the teen. Circumstances around Martin and Zimmerman's backgrounds vary from innocence to devious. The truth is, no one knows who actually started the encounter that would lead to Martin's death.

The case caught fire after the 911 tapes were released. Who was screaming for help? What was George Zimmerman calling Trayvon? The nation demanded answers.

Months after the initial shooting, emotions remained raw. Tweets begged others not to forget.

And so today, with memorials held in the City of Sanford and across the country, people are keeping true to their word. They will not forget.

By remembering Trayvon Martin, we continue our dialogue about race in America.

"Trayvon was black, and holding that card is still the deadliest thing in America. If we forget Trayvon, we forget why he was targeted. We forget why he died," Christina Coleman wrote in the GlobalGrind.  

A year later, the shooting still remained on the mind of Alisha Jones. She ventured out in casual clothes and recoiled when a friend didn't recognize her and seemed to be suspicious of her.

"Black people become bodies under the cover of night, dismembered from their souls and all necessity for errands of their own. We, black people, have to don the attire of respectability 24/7 and never get comfortable in hoodies and sweat pants for our errands, lest anyone think that we are suspicious." 

By remembering Trayvon Martin, we continue our discussion on the Stand Your Ground Law. Gun proponents say they have a right to protect themselves, but many use Trayvon's shooting as a reason to get the law off the books. Florida State Rep. Alan Williams (D) filed a bill to repeal the law. He says House Bill 4009 will "still protect second amendment rights."  Click here to find out about the law in your state.

By remembering Trayvon Martin, parents continue their discussion how the case has made an impact on their life. 

"For black parents, Trayvon never leaves us. He is always there, in the backs of our minds, as a reminder of what can happen to our black male child when he leaves the house," Nick Chiles wrote. "As long as I have occasion to worry about the plight of black boys in America, Trayvon will remain a part of me." 

For those reasons, a year later we have not forgotten Trayvon Martin.

How did the Trayvon Martin case change you or the way you parent? Tweet @KyraHLN with the #RaisingAmerica hashtag or leave your thoughts on Facebook.com

We'll talk about this topic today on Raising America 12 p.m. ET on HLN

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