Trayvon Martin's Parents on the Today Show

In their first interview since the jury acquitted George Zimmerman of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton told Matt Lauer they are still shocked by the jury’s decision

“I’m still shocked, still in disbelief,” Tracy Martin confessed. “We felt in our hearts that we were going to get a conviction. We thought that the killer of our unarmed child was going to be convicted of the crime that he committed.”

Lauer went on to ask Trayvon’s parents whether or not they agreed with Juror B37’s assertion that race played no part in the trial.

“Obviously anytime when you have a person who makes an assumption that a person is up to no good there’s some type of profiling there.” Martin added, “I think if Trayvon had been white, this would have never happened. So obviously race played some type of role.”

At times Lauer’s line of questioning seemed insensitive. At one point, he asked Trayvon’s parents whether or not they have forgiven George Zimmerman for killing their son: “You’re a family with faith, you rely on faith in hard times. Does your faith allow you to forgive George Zimmerman?”

Mr. Martin explained:

“I think that the forgiveness is like a healing process. Forgiveness takes time. The Bible says that you have to forgive and forget, but also the healing process is a long process. The forgiving process is a long process.”

Despite Mr. Martin’s clear response, Lauer continued to press the issue: “George Zimmerman’s attorneys say he’s facing death threats, he’s in hiding. Some are comparing his situation right now to Casey Anthony, who was cleared of murder charges for his daughter, who’s living in hiding and is an outcast. Do you think that’s what the system intends for someone who is acquitted of charges like these?”

Thankfully, Ms. Fulton brought the focus back to her son, not George Zimmerman’s safety.

She told Lauer:

We don’t know about that, but what we do know is about the victims. We sit on the victims’ seat. Is this the intent for the justice system to have for victims? It’s sending a terrible message to other little black and brown boys that you can’t walk fast, you can’t walk slow. So what do they do? I mean, how do you get home without people knowing or either assuming that you’re doing something wrong? Trayvon wasn’t doing anything wrong.

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