Young boy shot through the heart: Trayvon Martin
Statement by the President. The White House Office of the Press Secretary. MJoTA 2013 v7n2 p0714
The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his
family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has
elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those
passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a
jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm
reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we
should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of
compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask
ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence
that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We
should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can
prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all
of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.
Edited from Wikipedia
Trayvon Benjamin Martin (Feb 5, 1995 – Feb 26, 2012) was
the son of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin.
He lived with his mother and older brother in Miami, Florida. Trayvon's English teacher, Michelle Kypriss described him as an A and B student who majored in cheerfulness. On the day Trayvon was murdered, he and his father were visiting
his father's fiancée and her son at her townhome in The Retreat at Twin
Lakes in Sanford, Florida, a multi-ethnic gated community.
Statement from President and CEO, NAACP. Benjamin Todd Jealous. MJoTA 2013 v7n2 p0714
A jury in Sanford, Florida has found George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin.
I know I am not alone in my outrage, anger, and heartbreak over this
decision. When a teenager's life is taken in cold blood, and there is no
accountability for the man who killed him, nothing seems right in the
world, but we cannot let these emotions alone rule.
these most challenging of times, we are called to act. There is work
left to be done to achieve justice for Trayvon. The Department of
Justice can still address the violation of Trayvon's most fundamental
civil right — the right to life, and we are urging them to do so.
We continue to grieve the loss of Trayvon with his parents, his family,
and all who loved him. Do not forget what brought us to this day.
George Zimmerman was arrested and charged because we would not back down
when he was initially released. The Sanford Police Chief was removed
from his post because we voiced our disbelief that he would overrule his
detectives and block George Zimmerman's arrest.
And, perhaps most importantly, not a single state has passed a "stand
your ground" law in 2013 — the first time in eight years — because we
refuse to let the memory of Trayvon fade from the hearts and minds of
So, now we have a choice: We can be felled by our sorrows over the
jury's decision, or we can turn our frustration into action. We can
demand the Department of Justice address the travesties of this tragedy.
We can take a step forward in our efforts to finally end racial
profiling in America once and for all. What will you do, NAACP
For Trayvon Martin, for his family, and for
all parents who suffer the horror of burying a child, sign our petition
to the Department of Justice:
So you thought that Black Boys in
America had been removed from the endangered species list? Not so
fast, my friend, come to Brooklyn be your own witness. Richard A King Esq.
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Even though I am broken hearted my faith is unshattered I WILL ALWAYS LOVE MY BABY TRAY
"I was immediately skeptical when I first learned that a jury of five
white women and one Hispanic woman were the arbiters in Trayvon Martin
case..." commentary by son of Guyana, Mr Lin-Jay Harry-Vogelzon click here
NYC Council Member Williams' statement on the verdict in the trial of Trayvon Martin's murder
YORK, NY, July 14, 2013: Council Members Jumaane D. Williams
(D-Brooklyn), co-vice chair of the Council's Black, Latino and Asian
Caucus, released the following statement regarding the verdict of not
guilty reached by the jury in the trial of the murder of 17-year-old
Trayvon Martin. The man who fatally shot him, George Zimmerman, was
acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter. An unarmed Martin
was killed by Zimmerman on February 26th, 2012 in Sanford, Florida; the
shooting spawned a nationwide movement of protests. "First and
foremost, my continued prayers for peace and comfort go to Sybrina
Fulton and Tracy Martin, as well as the parents of every child our
nation has lost to gun violence. The murder of Trayvon Martin is but the
most recent example of profiling in America, a practice that is
discriminatory at its best and deadly at its worst. Our society must be
re-examined at every level, from law enforcement to criminal justice to
the basic way we relate to each other. Laws like 'Stand Your Ground'
are not only inhuman, they have exacerbated some of these basic
problems. Furthermore, they are fueled by a gun culture that is
literally killing our children one by one.
"We are sick and tired
of being sick and tired. What we are now charged with is the
responsibility to sustain our unity and have our emotions fuel a
relentless pursuit of reform. In 2013, it should not be this difficult,
by every statistical metric, to be a black man in America."
Stand up and rally to change the laws, change the jury system. They are broken. SJ Dodgson. MJoTA 2013 v7n2 p0715
gave back George his gun. Two reasons; one, to shoot another kid; to
shoot himself. I will put my money on the second happening soon. Is that
what we want? I don't. I want redemption, a life of service.
And as the day goes on, it is now 40 hours after the verdict: we are hearing that more than 500,000 dollars was raised for George Zimmerman for his living expenses and defense.
And now I am understanding that the trial of George was a battleground against President Obama. Right after Trayvon was shot through his heart, President Obama said that if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon.
Was any money raised for the prosecution? I am thinking not. The Florida criminal court was trying a run-of-the-mill trial of a white man accused of murdering a black kid. I will be interested to see what the prosecution cost, and what the defense cost.
Uneven playing field, the KKK didn't disappear, they changed shape. And the laws and judicial system in Florida are very happy to accomodate them.