Exactly ten years after Trayvon Martin, then 17 years old, was shot and died, his mother Sybrina Fulton sent a message of hope to the world.
“Don’t give up even if there is nothing else you can do. That’s my message: never give up and never give in. My strength has not wavered even ten years later “Fulton made the remarks during an event in New York Municipal on Saturday morning when he was joined by Mayor Eric Adams, the Rev. Al Sharpton, City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams, and other city officials.
Fulton expressed her grief about the death of her son on February 26, 2012. Martin, a Black high school student, was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighbourhood watch captain in Sanford, Florida, where the youngster was visiting his father. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder.
The murder of Travyon Martin brought us face to face with a truth that we have yet to confront.
“As a result, Trayvon Martin’s storey has gotten a lot of attention. I don’t think of it as a storey at all; rather, it’s as a tragedy since a storey has a beginning and an end. When it comes to what I hold in my heart, there is no conclusion “Fulton said himself.
Martin was walking back to the home of his father’s fiancée after purchasing a snack from a local 7-Eleven when he came face to face with Zimmerman, who had called 911 to report a “strange person” in the neighbourhood. Zimmerman was later charged with second-degree murder.
Zimmerman was warned not to get out of his SUV or approach the individual, but he disobeyed the warnings and pursued Martin, who was unarmed at the time. After an incident, Martin was fatally shot by a police officer.
Zimmerman was charged with murder in Martin’s killing, but he was acquitted after claiming self-defence during the trial.
The gunfire came from Zimmerman’s firearm, and the bullet stuck in the teen’s left chest, where it remained for several days.
During the event on Saturday, Fulton remarked, “When you carry a child for nine months and you see your heart walking outside of your body, you never lose that love.” ‘And I say it all the time, and I mean it, that not even the death of my kid will be able to separate me from the love I have for him.’ As a result, I’d just like to point out that today is, of course, a bittersweet day.
I give thanks to God for all of the Trayvon Martins who aren’t well-known to you “she went on to say. “All of the young females who have been shot and killed, as well as our Black and brown guys who have been shot and killed, but whose names you do not know, are all victims of this tragedy. Thank you for speaking out on their behalf.”
The United States’ contempt for Black men and boys has not abated in the years since Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Florida.
In the years since Trayvon Martin was killed, America’s contempt for Black men and boys has not abated in the slightest.
Adams spoke about the terrible and pervasive consequences of Martin’s death, and he emphasised the significance of continuing the battle for equality in the United States.
“We must maintain our resolve as we fight for all of the issues that we have long recognised as having a negative influence on our communities,” Adams stressed. “When a 17-year-old Black youngster is killed, there is no tragedy in the minds of so many, but we must maintain our ground and say that it does matter.”
To ensure that these laws, which define people based on their gender, their ethnicity, their lifestyle, and who they are, do not continue to be in place, we must be firm in our convictions in our struggle “The mayor went on to say more.
Fulton commemorated the occasion by calling on the community to join together to hold those responsible for the deaths of their loved ones accountable.
“It’s undoubtedly a blessing to be here, but we must continue to hold those responsible for the deaths of our loved ones accountable,” she said in her statement. “We must continue to help our children and our families, and we must do so in a positive manner. We can’t quit up now; we’ve come too far to give up.”
Trayvon Martin was wearing a similar sweatshirt when he was tragically shot on his way back from a store while visiting his father in a gated neighbourhood in an Orlando suburb, where he had been staying with his mother and sister.
After reporting the boy to authorities as a suspicious person, George Zimmerman, a member of the community’s neighbourhood watch, accosted him and shot him.
Zimmerman, who claimed that Martin had assaulted him, was acquitted of second-degree murder in 2013 after telling investigators that Martin had attacked him.
The shooting brought the issue of race and justice in the United States back into the spotlight.
Sharpton, who met with Martin’s family and their attorney, Ben Crump, early on in their efforts to bring attention to his killing, compared Martin’s legacy to that of Emmett Till, a Chicago boy whose lynching in Mississippi in 1955 sparked the civil rights movement, on Saturday.