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. … You will experience a swell of support from all corners of the world. Many will express their sympathies and encourage you to keep fighting for Michael. You will also, unfortunately, hear character assassinations about Michael which I am certain you already have. This will incense and insult you. All of this will happen before and continue long after you have had the chance to lay your son to rest.
Time.com has published an open letter from Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, to the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was killed on August 9th by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. In the two years since Martin’s murder, Fulton and Trayvon’s dad founded The Trayvon Martin Foundation to provide support for the family members of victims of violent crimes. I encourage you to read the full letter at the link. [TIME] [Photo: Getty]
Last week, I found myself grateful for the conviction of Renisha McBride’s murderer, Theodore Wafer. This conviction did not bring back Renisha McBride. It did not atone for the miscarriage of justice that happened when George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin. It did not lay to rest my fears for my niece growing up in a country where Black girls and boys, men and women, are still fighting to see the completion of our ancestors dreams and hopes for equality.
But I was grateful.
I was grateful because I thought that this may be a step in the right direction — an inching towards our goal. I was still reeling from the death of Eric Garner in New York, still raw from the violence against Professor Ersula Ore, but this was a bright spot in the overwhelming despair. And then Saturday happened. Keep reading »
Today would have been Trayvon Martin’s 19th birthday. Martin, however, is not celebrating that birthday today because he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman nearly two years ago in February 2012. Today is also the day that boxing promoter Damon Feldman has tastelessly and unapologetically chosen to announce that rapper DMX has been selected to fight Zimmerman in a “celebrity” boxing match, the scheduled date for which will be announced next week. But I hope that the whole disgusting affair is canceled before that announcement can be made. Keep reading »
Refuse! I mean, I believe that the final bid on this ugly piece shit painted by a piece of shit (That’s its unofficial name, “Piece of Shit” by George “Piece of Shit” Zimmerman) was indeed $100,099.99, but I cannot accept that this bid is legitimate. It has to be a joke. Because who would buy it? I know tons of completely terrible people (sorry, but you are) donated to his defense fund when he was on trial for the death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, but surely no one would fork over over $100K for this garbage. I mean, the dude made a Trayvon joke in the eBay listing for fuck’s sake:
My art work allows me to reflect, providing a therapeutic outlet and allows me to remain indoors :-)
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Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the mother and father of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Black teen who was killed by self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman last year, are meeting with publishers about writing a book about their son. Their book will give a full picture of their son in the wake of a trial that attempted to paint him as a thug who must have had it coming the night he was killed. (Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in July and has been anything but an upstanding citizen since.) The meetings, which took place last week, were described as “somber and moving” by publishers who spoke to The New York Times. The book is expected to reveal the turmoil the couple experienced before, during and after the trial, and, according to one publishing executive who met with Martin and Fulton, likely touch on social issues of race and religion. Heartbreaking though the subject may be, I look forward to reading this book when it’s on shelves. [NYTimes]
This summer, George Zimmerman was acquitted in the murder of Travyon Martin, a 17-year-old unarmed Black teenager. Last month, Zimmerman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, battery domestic violence, and criminal mischief after he allegedly pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend. Yesterday, Zimmerman submitted a signed affadavit from Samantha Scheibe stating she does not want him charged and requesting contact with each other.
Scheibe called 911 outside her Florida home after an argument with Zimmeran during which she asked him to leave. He allegedly pointed a shotgun at her “for a minute,” smashed a table, and then shoved her out her front door and barricaded it with furniture. She can be heard on the call yelling at him while some of this is allegedly happening. (He made a 911 call of his own while she was talking to police, claiming Scheibe was “going crazy on me.”) Scheibe also told police that Zimmerman had choked her during an argument recently, but she had not reported it. Zimmerman was released on bail under the condition that he not possess any weapons. Keep reading »