Thursday, July 18, 2013

Devastated: Trayvon's Parents React to Not Guilty Verdict

Martin and Fulton have started a foundation named after their son and say they hope his death and the trial can serve as a catalyst to bring the country together.

According to the foundation's website, "The Trayvon Martin Foundation was established by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin in March, 2012 as a not-for-profit organization, under the auspices of the Miami Foundation. The Foundation’s purpose is to create awareness of how violent crime impacts the families of the victims, and to provide support and advocacy for those families, in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin. The scope of the Foundation’s mission is to advocate that crime victims and their families not be ignored in the discussions about violent crime, to increase public awareness of all forms of racial, ethnic and gender profiling, educate youth on conflict resolution techniques, and to reduce the incidences where confrontations between strangers turn deadly."

During the ABC interview with George Stephanopoulous, Trayvon's father, Tracy Martin, said: "I think moving forward we need to educate ourselves as a community on the gun laws, on the laws, on the statutes. "We need to come together more as a whole, not individual people, not individual races, religions. We need to come together as God's people.

"We need to start learning each other, understanding each other. You can't just judge a book by its cover," he said. "Something is wrong in so many ways to say that someone is suspicious just because you don't know them."

Trayvon's mother, Sybrina Fulton, said the outpouring of support the family has received shows the effect the case has had across the nation.

"It's not just about the Trayvon Martin case," Fulton said. "Now it's about your kids. It's about other kids.

"What do we tell our sons?" she said.

1 comment:

Redeye said...

"What do we tell our sons"? We tell our sons and daughters they are thought to be inferior and undeserving of basic human and civil rights in the land of the free and the home of the brave and we must work to make sure that we shall overcome someday.