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The parents of Trayvon Martin spoke out Thursday, expressing their dismay

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For the first time since George Zimmerman’s acquittal, the parents of Trayvon Martin spoke out Thursday, expressing their dismay at the not guilty verdict. On several morning network news shows Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton said her family was “shocked” when the jury’s decision was read and said she thought he would be found guilty of at least manslaughter.

“I just knew that they would see that this was a teenager just trying to get home,” she said on CBS This Morning. “This was no burglar, this was somebody’s son that was trying to get home.” On NBC’s Today, also joined by her son’s father Tracy Martin and her oldest son Jahvaris Fulton, she said the outcome could cause fear among children like her own.

“Is this the intent for the justice system to have for victims,” she said. “I mean, 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?”

MORE: Trayvon Martin’s Parents Speak to TIME About the Loss of Their Son

194 comments
paulzco
paulzco

I feel refreshed by the common sense pervasive in these comments.  What a shame that it is not echoed in our media!

mrscary
mrscary

Yes, he was trying to get home - after getting high with his friends on a school night.   I don't know about you, but my teenagers are home that time of night on school nights doing their homework (or resiting doing it!).  

Also, Trayvon Martin did get home - just about.  Then turned around and went back.  He had escaped Zimmerman for at least 4 minutes while he was on the phone with his friend.  then he  told her he'd call her back.   Then he went back to  commit murder out of anger, pure and simple.    

All the people supporting Martin conviently forget to address the fact that Martin was high, angry, a racist, and had gotten clear and free of Zimmerman.   Mr. Martin himself said "NO" when asked if the voice on the tape was Trayvon's.

jessicatroxell
jessicatroxell

LOL That darkie had it coming got a problem with that text me your response 727-433-2551

LouisCalabro
LouisCalabro

Trayvon didn't look afraid to me. He worked very hard to murder Zimmerman.  Mrs Martin says Trayvon was not doing anything wrong----I guess she doesn't think puching people in the face and beating their heads into the cement is doing something wrong.  But I munderstand---some parents refuse to accept that their children could be hateful people. He was hateful. 

RodInTexas
RodInTexas

I guess it must be tough to know that you sucked at being a parent so much that your kid is dead. Not only that but NOW the world KNOWS you sucked at being a parent and that your "kid" was a violent, lying, thieving, druggie PUNK.

church.william.thomas
church.william.thomas

The rule of law is the essence of our society. Responding to the mob is not what we are about. Zimmerman was found not guilty. Our legal system worked. I believe the DOJ will manufacture a case against Zimmerman to satisfy the mob. This is not the America I want to live in. I am against racism. I am against people carrying weapons but I am more against mob rule and violence. The Obama Administration is out of control--until now I was a Obama supporter--I think it is time for white people to leave America. The handwriting is on the wall. I do not support Zimmerman other than he was found not guilty and there appears to be no evidence he is a racist, at this stage. If you let the Obama Administration railroad Zimmerman you will be next, Obama's post racial america is one of taking revenge against white people regardless of the rule of law.

dbb
dbb

Per the testimony of Trayvon's friend, Ms. Jeantel, Trayvon had already reached the home of his father. He left again to go find Zimmerman. He wasn't just "WALKING HOME".

Also, what person with a gun, looking for trouble, is going to let another person get them in to a "hand to hand" situation??? Sort of suspicous isn't it? Sounds like Trayvon jumped him and got him on the ground. Then Zimmerman pulled the gun out and shot him at close range?

Trayvon was no angel and Zimmerman is an idiot who should have gone home when he was told to do so.

boatdrink
boatdrink

If there was no cries of racism what would Sharpton and Jackson do for a living? Would they be on welfare or would they be in the streets wearing hoodies?

boatdrink
boatdrink

Perhaps if they spent the last 17 years being actual parents this may not have had happened. Lots of lovely photos of young Trayvon but not many showing his recent photos where he looks like a thug ready to kill someone.

gdorrough
gdorrough

1. George Zimmerman is not White. 

2. George Zimmerman did not know for sure Trayvon Martin was black until Martin was banging his head onto the sidewalk at which time he shot him. What would you do?


3. The only racial component to this incident, other than that manufactured by the media after the fact, was Martin telling his girlfriend that some "creepy cracker" was following him.


5. Blacks commit more violent crime against whites than whites do against blacks. Forty-five percent of their victims are white, 43 percent are black, and 10 percent are Hispanic. When whites commit violent crime, only three percent of their victims are black.


4. Of the nearly 770,000 violent interracial crimes committed every year involving blacks and whites, blacks commit 85 percent and whites commit 15 percent.


5. Are you equally outraged that according to Bureau of Justice statistics 93% of black murders are committed by other blacks?


6. Where you equally outraged when a predominantly black jury acquitted OJ Simpson of the brutal murder of his White wife and her White friend?


7. Were you equally outraged when In Cincinnati, six “bored” black teenagers beat and almost killed a White man last summer? They did it for “fun.”


8. Were you equally outraged when In Columbia, South Carolina, three hoodie-wearing black teens shot and killed a single mother of four in a robbery attempt.

I could go on and on but I suspect you couldn't care less for the facts because they don't fit in with your particular prejudices. Selective outrage has become the hallmark of the "new" civil rights movement.

Jerry2013
Jerry2013

No one expects the parents of a dead child to be able to view the situation objectively.   The news is flaming the public into a frenzy with their reporting methods.  Allow the parents to feel the way they feel but don't use their biased feelings to flame the country into destroying itself.  Allow our justice system to work and stop trying to convict someone in the news.

MatthewHudson
MatthewHudson

There were a lot of things that led up to the shooting, and yes, racism was one of them.

However, it wasn't an outside racist that caused the problem, but the racists that taught Martin to look at white people as crackers.

Martin was followed, and did not call 911.  Why?  He was stoned.

There was a big breakdown in Martins life that led the young man to try to attack someone, and that breakdown was his parents.  They did not do their jobs, and Martin paid the ultimate price for their failures.  They had lost control, that was why they sent a trouble-making teen to his grandparents.  That is why he was kicked out of school.  That is why he was playing with weapons he had no right to.  That is why he was a racist and hated whites.  That is why he didn't call 911.  That is why he was even in Sanford in the first place.  That is why he was doing drugs.  

Because his PARENTS failed him.

SteveJameson
SteveJameson

Blacks are not the only one who lives with racism each and every day in this country.  Good, honest, descent, hard-working, taxpaying white Americans have to live with a race that constantly tries to blame the other for all its problems in life, playing the race card each and every time something doesn't go its way.  Did whites riot when OJ was acquitted of murder?Did whites cry foul and demand to overhaul the whole system, taking away people’s right to defend themselves?I don’t think so…

ohnoella
ohnoella

why is there a consistent narrative in this comment section that Trayvon was a "thug?"  The picture that Manuel Rosa just posted is not even Trayvon. God forbid the white people who want to continue to malign a dead child (and just for clarity I am white and am sickened by my white counterparts who have so easily and unthinkingly bought into the myth of the scary black man).  The pictures on Trayvon's phone I see no differently than the ridiculous pictures that other 16 and 17 year olds take of themselves trying to look grown up and cool; so as an analogy does this mean that a 17 year old girl taking pictures of herself trying to look demure in any way signify that she is anything but a kid trying to emulate magazine covers and to look like something she is not (I will not use the derogatory word that comes to mind, but I am sure you can infer what I am getting at). In any case, I find it remarkable that we rarely see the pictures of Trayvon in his Reeces T-Shirt sitting on a horse at his mom's birthday party not two weeks before he was killed by a grown man with a gun who had been following him. So, I ask, who is the real thug here!

babyboy1881
babyboy1881

Everyone say Trayvon was responsible for his own death;if that's the case what about those idiots Eagan Holmes shot in defense huh? To me that's a clear definition of “Stand Your Ground" I hope he get acquitted. Also I don't believe that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is responsible for the bombing attack that killed and left a lot of idiots limbs spattered everywhere. Lol So lets not point the finger to quick racist ppl,cause two point back. Lol

workingracket
workingracket

these people have no idea what kind of wedge they are driving into society due to their perceived injustice.  they are tools for evil people and may be evil themselves... regardless of the nature of their guilt, they are definitely guilty of inflame a situation that their son helped create

petersonmichael68
petersonmichael68

6% of black murder victims are killed by whites.  14% of white murder victims are killed by blacks. With Whites 4x the number of blacks in America, you do the math and see where the racism and hatred  lies.  Other violent crime is the same or even higher.

cappcapp
cappcapp

I'm just happy the right person died instead of a poor innocent truck driver just working being pulled from his truck and beaten to death (LA RIOTS)

SteveJameson
SteveJameson

Where's the story of the innocent white man who was beaten by 4 black thugs and thrown out onto the freeway only to be hit by a car?  Where are the stories about black on black crime, especially in Chicago and New York, the highest it's ever been in history???  Where are the stories about the breakup of the black family, with over 73% of black children being born out of wedlock or without having fathers?  Where are the stories about the dropout rates of black teens all across the country...again, the highest it's ever been in history??  Where are those stories?  I'll tell you where...they're in the garbage because they don't help advance a political or social agenda, that's where.


church.william.thomas
church.william.thomas

@dbbThe rule of law is the essence of our society. Responding to the mob is not what we are about. Zimmerman was found not guilty. Our legal system worked. I believe the DOJ will manufacture a case against Zimmerman to satisfy the mob. This is not the America I want to live in. I am against racism. I am against people carrying weapons but I am more against mob rule and violence. The Obama Administration is out of control--until now I was a Obama supporter--I think it is time for white people to leave America. The handwriting is on the wall. I do not support Zimmerman other than he was found not guilty and there appears to be no evidence he is a racist, at this stage. If you let the Obama Administration railroad Zimmerman you will be next, Obama's post racial america is one of taking revenge against white people regardless of the rule of law.

church.william.thomas
church.william.thomas

@boatdrinkThe rule of law is the essence of our society. Responding to the mob is not what we are about. Zimmerman was found not guilty. Our legal system worked. I believe the DOJ will manufacture a case against Zimmerman to satisfy the mob. This is not the America I want to live in. I am against racism. I am against people carrying weapons but I am more against mob rule and violence. The Obama Administration is out of control--until now I was a Obama supporter--I think it is time for white people to leave America. The handwriting is on the wall. I do not support Zimmerman other than he was found not guilty and there appears to be no evidence he is a racist, at this stage. If you let the Obama Administration railroad Zimmerman you will be next, Obama's post racial america is one of taking revenge against white people regardless of the rule of law.

LibelFreeZone
LibelFreeZone

@gdorrough   Exactly.  Maybe, if one decides to bash someone's skull against the sidewalk, all the while hissing into his ear, "You gonna die tonight, cracka!" you'd better first make sure the person you're pounding into the pavement doesn't have a gun.

church.william.thomas
church.william.thomas

@SteveJamesonThe rule of law is the essence of our society. Responding to the mob is not what we are about. Zimmerman was found not guilty. Our legal system worked. I believe the DOJ will manufacture a case against Zimmerman to satisfy the mob. This is not the America I want to live in. I am against racism. I am against people carrying weapons but I am more against mob rule and violence. The Obama Administration is out of control--until now I was a Obama supporter--I think it is time for white people to leave America. The handwriting is on the wall. I do not support Zimmerman other than he was found not guilty and there appears to be no evidence he is a racist, at this stage. If you let the Obama Administration railroad Zimmerman you will be next, Obama's post racial america is one of taking revenge against white people regardless of the rule of law.

JayReams
JayReams

@ohnoella Funny all the pictures that came out of him with the grill, smoking,with guns and weed, "weren't him"either. They were. I am more likely to believe the accuracy of the Zimmerman camp after all the media deceptions people were suckers to.



MatthewHudson
MatthewHudson

@ohnoella Because he was?  He was smoking weed, he was shown to have been playing with blackmarket guns, he was stoned at the time he tried to attack someone after calling them racial names, he was shown to have pictures of items probably stolen from someone on his bed on his cellphone, he was shown to be making gang signs on his facebook page, he was kicked out of his school for drug offenses, he was talking about beating someone he didn't like down.


Then, there are people like you, who, instead of holding this young man to a solid standard, and demanding that he take responsibility for his actions and live in the society that he resides in, tries to make excuses for him, pleads understanding of his crimes instead of trying to help correct them, and helps get the kid killed.

When are you people going to STOP trying to blame the people that want to live in peace, and start to blame yourselves for your own failures?

cappcapp
cappcapp

@ohnoella ----Lucky i guess where you live never to have encountered some, i was working on a school project in camden nj fixing sidewalks when a group of teens came up and threatened us with knives. 

Also scary people of every race exists look at the retards shooting schools and movies. Also scary black men do exist did you not see the man in northern new jersey breaking into a house and beating a woman in front of her five year old repeatedly then throwing her down the stairs into the basement.

Also the pics of the illegally owned handgun make him a felon as he is 17 and you have to be 21 to own a handgun. (when the parents show the purchase record ill stop citing)


that and the facts of the case with travon attacking GZ hinda show his character, good kids or even bad kids wouldnt attack someone twice their age let alone anyone. 


also the fact it seems he knew how to fight using a ground and pound and slamming head on pavement leads to believe he has been in other fights

aelizaldi
aelizaldi

@ohnoella  because he was trying to be one !!! lets get real here perception is reality if  he wasn't trying so hard  working  on his ghetto boy look  hoodie and all  and concentrated on his education he would be alive today  !!!!you don't like it and your sickened by it go join king race baiter Al Sharpton and protest with the rest of those disillusioned idiots!!!

aelizaldi
aelizaldi

@babyboy1881 Hey buckwheat's brother  !!! if you are gonna debate with the grown ups there are some rules ...NO1 you must have knowledge of the English language!!!! no Ebonics here !!!!! ,,,this isn't the ghetto high school  you graduated from....No2 know how to put a sentence together, once again Ebonics have no place in the English language !! this isn't the trash ridden ghetto you came from ..

MatthewHudson
MatthewHudson

@babyboy1881 Wow, I had to read this three times and I still don't understand what language you are trying to write in.

There are schools and classes that can help you learn to speak better English.

aelizaldi
aelizaldi

@babyboy1881 Hey baby crap i hope he get acquitted??!!!   its i hope he gets acquitted!!! !      !!!  !learn to talk English you damn fool !! you are  donkey like  that l fat doughnut eating black girl who testified for trayvon !! always wearing your ignorance on your sleeve!!!  so predictable...

babyboy1881
babyboy1881

I remember a day I was the happiest I've ever been hmm,what was that day? Oh yeah 9/11 the day I saw hundreds of white ppl thinking they could fly. Lol ahh,best day ever!!

babyboy1881
babyboy1881

I think you need to study math a little more.whites do not outnumber blacks by that much. C'mon now lets get real here

SteveJameson
SteveJameson

Funny thing is, Zimmerman wasn't even "white" for God's sake!  But ohhhh....they had to have a narrative.  Too bad they put all their wood behind this one and lost badly.  

SteveJameson
SteveJameson

You mean angelic little skittles and ice-tea Trayvon?

cappcapp
cappcapp

@SteveJameson agreed, i am a bit biased due to at college one of my friends stopped to talk to a group of young black men who were asking where the parties were, for his trouble one of them blindside punched him- he fell bad hit his head on the concrete and was dead. all for about twenty bucks from a poor college student who was just being friendly (attackers never caught) ---just goes to show the mentality of this group these days would rather rove the streets attacking people then go to a party.


also that was one punch TM was doing much worse and could have easily killed him, im happy GZ got the shot off before any real injury

JayReams
JayReams

@petersonmichael68 @MatthewHudson That's because in America, we reward the ones who don't work by buying their cigarets,beer,medical &lottery tickets for them. We reward repeat  teen mothers with cheap housing and free food & medical. It would only make sense being the enabling country we are, to reward the Martins for not doing their job. They were RESPONSIBLE for him right??? Where's THEIR accountability? They should be sued for damages to George IMO.

ohnoella
ohnoella

@MatthewHudson Matthew, I am sorry that you feel that I have been a "failure" upon society. I lived in Phoenix for many years, and never once saw a black man with a gun. A couple of years ago I moved east of the city, to be closer to my place of work, to a city called Mesa and since that time, especially for some reason in the last year, I see white men at my grocery store and at the gym where I work out with guns holstered on their hips and it freaks me out. I am the mother of a teenage daughter and I am far more frightened of these guys, every single one of them white by the ways, then of any black or Latino boy or man who we ever encountered while living downtown. This may be my own anectodal evidence, but for what it is worth I felt much more at "peace" living amongst people that were of a different race than I now do living in very white very middle class America in Mesa, AZ.  That is my experience.  

ohnoella
ohnoella

@aelizaldi I do not need to join a protest or be a part of a cause to delineate fact from fiction. In fact, I would go so far as to say I have never been in  protest because I do not like the possible outcomes that could prevail, even in the best intentioned peaceful protest. Taking it one step further, I rarely, and I truly mean rarely, make comments on any site especially in regards to something as divisive as this case has been. But, I have been so saddened to see what happened in the aftermath of the trial and just what seems such a hateful theme targeted towards the parents of the dead child, it made it impossible not to say something. 

MatthewHudson
MatthewHudson

@babyboy1881 THIS is why I dislike black men.  You refuse to be a part of the society that you live in, and prefer to create little pockets of uneducated resistance to civilized behavior.  Then, in those little pockets of racism, you call others racist for not accepting you as you are, and you have no idea how 99% of the rest of us look at you with both shame and disgust. 

You damage yourself, you limit yourselves, you hurt yourselves, and you create the gangs that pray on the rest of us, kill yourselves off at an alarming rate, and make yourselves look like uneducated fools to the rest of the planet.

Learn English.

Go back to school.

Get a real job instead of trying to sell enough drugs to drain the welfare checks of the rest of the hood.

Become responsible and respectable.

Because, frankly, I don't want to know you, I just want you to go away, as you are now.

aelizaldi
aelizaldi

@babyboy1881  hey baby crap you wonder why  blacks  get shot?!?! you are the perfect example ... no sense,, no education ,,no future... just a tick sucking the blood from  the ghetto dog of life ....looking for a free ride  blaming whitey for your miserable existence do the world a favor and put a gun in your mouth and pull the trigger

SteveJameson
SteveJameson

ahhh, okay, no school at all whatesoever.  Go it.  How much is your welfare check again?

MatthewHudson
MatthewHudson

@ohnoella @MatthewHudson I am one of those men you see.  I've never been in your town, but I carry a weapon on me openly, and occasionally concealed. 

Let me tell you a few things about me.

My first girlfriend was black.  My two best friends were blacks.  They were, none of them, hood rats, but were good, educated, outstanding people.  One was a manager of a city sanitation department, one was a solider like me, and the girl is now a nurse.  Outstanding people.  Great parents.  I did have another black friend growing up, he looked enough like a famous actor to do birthday parties.  He was working toward a degree himself when he was shot by a black man who was robbing a drive-thru.  I did not have a hood in my little city, and blacks were just people with different skin colors.  I had to move out to see the "black culture," and I see it for what it is... racists in isolation out of anger and fear of... well, I've never figured out what.

My last wife was half black half 'rican.  She is a medical professional. 

Of all of these people, the only one that disliked my carrying a weapon was my ex-wife.  She grew up in the hood, and climbed out.  She saw weapons as tools of oppression, not of liberation.  When I would offer to walk other nurses from the hospital to their cars, she started to understand that carrying gave me less fear than others, because I had the ability to protect myself.  Only a fool is not afraid of the potential violence of others.

I once met someone very much like you in a national park where I was camping.  She saw my weapon and was very afraid, and looked at me as if I were the scum of the earth.  I saw her reaction and was very calm and patient with her.  We ended up needing to help each other.  I could not carry my weapon into the store, and she could not carry her little cute ratdog into the store.  I watched her doggie, and after unloading and clearing it, she watched my gun.  Sharing discrimination isn't the best way to trust someone, but it was that day.  We became friends and she asked me why I carry, and I told her, because you don't - and I like you.

I discovered something, that may help you.

Men and women who carry are some of the friendliest people you are ever going to meet.  They are awesome.  You'll rarely find a racist in their company, and many are former military, LEO's or have suffered through some kind of violence.  (that is why I carry)  They are nice, and courteous, and have a culture of education, experience, and safety.  

The next time you see someone carrying - no, better idea - go to Open Carry dot org and look in the forums for your city, and talk to a few people.  Then ask them if they will let you shoot their guns.  You will learn a lot, and get to meet some great people.

And if you are open enough, and you see someone carrying, just go say hi and ask them why they carry!  Trust me, one in a hundred will be offended, the rest my offer to take you to the range and teach you to shoot so that you, too, can protect yourself.

paulzco
paulzco

@ohnoella @aelizaldi I appreciate your compassion for the family.  While I am frustrated by their lack of accepting responsibility for the waywardness of their son, as a parent I can certainly understand it.  This does not, however, excuse the rest of the black community which has seized on this ambiguous situation to once again avert their responsibility to change the aberrant norms in their community that led up to this tragedy.

MatthewHudson
MatthewHudson

@ohnoella @aelizaldi While I mirror the attitudes towards the parents, it's because I feel that they contributed to the death of their son.  But it's not just them, it the entire society that preaches hate to whites.

If I lived in Phoenix, I would offer you lunch to talk.  

You seem like a very intelligent person, and if you put aside your prejudices, you seem like you would be an outstanding person, and I prefer to be around outstanding people.

aelizaldi
aelizaldi

@ohnoella @aelizaldi This is what its about.. ever since Obama was elected blacks  have come to believe that they have Carte Blanche and can basically do whatever they feel is right and just ...and Zimmerman just made a correction on their road of reality...

cappcapp
cappcapp

@ohnoella @aelizaldi then why go as far to say GZ was a thug when all he was doing was looking out for the well being of his neighborhood, when he was violently attacked, its not like he just walked up and shot the kid. 

Ahji
Ahji

@MatthewHudson @babyboy1881 I am a black male residing in boston, MA. I graduated college with Summa Cum Laude in 4 years and now working full time making salary. Just because one black person comes on here and makes a stupid comment (not to mention the fact that babyboy1881 referred to the bomb victims as idiots)it is unfair for you to say "This is why I dislike black men". You certainly are free to have your opinion, but I am Jamaican, never smoked weed in my life, never owned a gun, and live a decent and honest life based upon great morals and integrity that both my parents instilled in me. I would find it stupid that someone from another race disliked me because of other black people in society that behave like thugs and vagabonds. Address people on a personal note, do not attack a whole race because one person makes a fool of his/herself. Society needs to stop generalizing so much.