The nation is still reeling over the killing of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of the man who shot him to death, George Zimmerman. Trayvon’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, are not done standing up for their son. They will join Reverend Al Sharpton tomorrow for “Justice for Trayvon” day, a nationwide initiative which will take place in 100 cities.
The countless rallies and vigils, to be held in front of federal buildings, call for federal civil rights charges to be brought against George Zimmerman. Al Sharpton said “there is also a blatant civil rights question of does Trayvon Martin and the Trayvon Martins of this country have the civil right to go home.” The gatherings will occur at noon Saturday in cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and New York. Trayvon’s mother and brother, Sybrina Fulton and Jahvaris Fulton, will stand with Reverend Al Sharpton in front of the NYPD headquarters while his father, Tracy Martin, will appear at Miami’s federal courthouse.
Both Tracy and Sybrina spoke to CNN about the verdict in which George Zimmerman was acquitted of charges of second degree murder and manslaughter. The parents of the unarmed teenager who was shot in the heart revealed they broke down when they learned their son’s killer was let go. “It came as a complete shock for me,” Sybrina said. “And the reason I say that is because I just look at people as people, and I thought for sure that the jury looked at Trayvon as an average teenager that was minding his own business, that wasn’t committing any crime.”
Tracy agreed: “When I heard the verdict, I kind of understand the disconnect. Maybe they (jurors) didn’t see Trayvon as their son. They didn’t see Trayvon as a teenager. They didn’t see Trayvon as just a human being that was minding his own business.”
He acknowledged that the system failed them, but remains hopeful this atrocity will spark change: “Does the system work?” Tracy asked. “It didn’t work for us. We remain prayerful that through this injustice, we can close that gap and hopefully the system can start working for everyone equally.”
Their attorney, Benjamin Crump, said the two are hoping for a federal civil rights investigation into the teenager’s death. Tomorrow’s “Justice for Trayvon” day is a mobilized effort to make that happen.