Dante Barry of the Million Hoodies Movement: 'Politics is personal, because I'm black'


For Dante Barry, executive director of the Million Hoodies Movement, all politics is personal.


"It's personal because I'm black, and my identity is something that makes me want to change this country," the grassroots organizer says.

The Million Hoodies Movement, an organization that works to raise awareness about racial profiling and gun violence, was born out of the aftermath of the 2012 killing of black teen Trayvon Martin, who was portrayed in the media as a thug for wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

For many young activists, that moment represented a racial awakening.

"We live in a post-Trayvon Martin moment," Barry says.

Black youth today are more active, connected and aware of the "systemic issues" facing America, he says.

"What's happening in Ferguson is happening in New York City, it's happening in Chicago, in San Francisco, in Oakland..Ferguson is everywhere," Barry said.

That's why being organized is so important. Says Barry, "We want to actively be seeking change in our communities."


Dante Barry will be a featured panelist at Fusion’s #Riseup event on Nov. 19.