5 Years Since Trayvon Martin’s Death. Parents Pen Tell-All Book
There’s nothing like a parent’s love for their child. We send our children out into this world with love. ‘When they are little, they are on your lap and when they are older and on their own, they are on your heart.’ “As parents, we all too well know the everyday worrying about our children. Now that worrying has been amplified by our children being shot and killed, and nobody is being held accountable,” Sabrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother told Vanity Fair in a recent interview.
One rainy day in February, five years ago, Tracy Martin’s son did like many of us did growing up, he went to the store to buy candy. After purchasing a pack of Skittles™, and an ice tea he was making his way back home when profiled by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman with a gun who ultimately murdered him.
We all know the story of Trayvon. The day he was killed was a tragedy but the day his killer was not charged as guilty was a travesty of justice. Trayvon’s photo of him in a hoodie quickly became a symbol of not only stereotyping but of gross injustice. His name is still evoked every day. His is now a civil rights icon.
Not since the death of Emmett Till has a case of a parent(s) losing their child due to pure racism, discrimination, stereotyping, and racial profiling with no justice being served has been as well known.
His parents completed the book, “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin”, a narrative that describes their story from the story of who Trayvon was to the “cruel unresponsiveness of the police and the hostility of the legal system, and the inspiring journey they took from grief and pain to power…” Not since the death of Emmett Till has a case of a parent(s) losing their child due to pure racism, discrimination, stereotyping, and racial profiling with no justice being served has been as well known. Trayvon’s parents take turns penning chapters in the book.
Everyone from President Obama, athletes and everyday people are aware of this case and have seen the pain and injustice Trayvon’s parents have endured. February 26th is the death date Trayvon was killed. Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin are the founders of The Trayvon Martin Foundation, which aims to create community programming and raise awareness of the impact of gun violence and racial profiling on families. Fulton and Martin live in the Miami, Florida, area.