Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing On Stand Your Ground Laws

Sybrina Fulton and Lesley McSpadden have a horrible truth in common. Both of their sons were unarmed when they were gunned down and viciously murdered. Fulton’s son, Trayvon Martin, at the hands of George Zimmerman, and McSpadden’s son, Mike Brown, at the hands of Officer Darren Wilson.

Fulton penned an open letter to Brown’s mother expressing her condolences and prayers:

I hate that you and your family must join this exclusive yet growing group of parents and relatives who have lost loved ones to senseless gun violence. Of particular concern is that so many of these gun violence cases involve children far too young. But Michael is much more than a police/gun violence case; Michael is your son. A son that barely had a chance to live. Our children are our future so whenever any of our children – black, white, brown, yellow, or red – are taken from us unnecessarily, it causes a never-ending pain that is unlike anything I could have imagined experiencing.

Further complicating the pain and loss in this tragedy is the fact that the killer of your son is alive, known, and currently free. In fact, he is on paid administrative leave. Your own feelings will bounce between sorrow and anger. Even when you don’t want to think about it because it is so much to bear, you will be forced to by merely turning on your television or answering your cell phone. You may find yourselves pulled in many different directions by strangers who may be well-wishers or detractors. Your circle will necessarily close tighter because the trust you once, if ever, you had in “the system” and their agents are forever changed. Your lives are forever changed.


Facts, myths, and flat out lies are already out there in Michael’s case. Theories, regardless of how ridiculous, are being pondered by the pundits. My advice is to surround yourselves with proven and trusted support. Through it all, I never let go of my faith, my family, or my friends. Long after the overwhelming media attention is gone, you will need those three entities to find your ‘new normal.’ Honor your son and his life, not the circumstances of his alleged transgressions. I have always said that Trayvon was not perfect. But no one will ever convince me that my son deserved to be stalked and murdered. No one can convince you that Michael deserved to be executed.

It’s a shame that the one common bond that links these two families isn’t one of singing the accomplishments of their children and watching them grow into adults and living their dreams, but one of death at the hands of rogue white men.

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  • binks

    A wonderful letter, I am glad that Mrs. Fulton is reaching out to Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Davis because she is going to need a sisterhood now more than ever. But I love the part of this letter:

    “While we fight injustice, we will also hold ourselves to an appropriate level of intelligent advocacy. If they refuse to hear us, we will make them feel us.”

    • Mary Burrell

      @binks: Beautiful commentary.

  • Mary Burrell

    I wondered had Trayvon’s mom reached out to Mike Brown’s mom. It’s a good thing that she is doing that, she knows what this nightmare experience is about. Who better to support her than someone who truly knows what she(Mike’s mom) is going through. Bless these two dear ladies.

  • Mary Burrell

    Great post. Beautiful and eloquent and poignant words from Sybrina Fulton. Bless her.

  • She wrote an excellent. Sybrina Fulton’s words are moving, eloquent, and inspirational. Sister Sybrina Fulton has been an advocate of peace and she has expressed concern for all human life. Bless her.

    • CourtneyrrR

      Yes she did. She is a leader. Strong, empowering. Beautiful lady.And she will not let or allow the world to forget how her SON was murdered by Zimmerman. Along with the rest who continue to be murdered.

    • Yes,

      She is a strong mother. It was her child was murdered and she will never ever allow anyone to tell her otherwise (as it should be). Her dignity and her empowering words will further carry people through in a positive direction. The deaths of innocent, unarmed people should be remembered.