Trayvon Martin’s Mom Gets Candid

Trayvon Martin’s Mom Gets Candid

Sybrina Fulton talks pain, healing and her undying quest for justice.

by Shantell E. Jamison, October 12, 2015

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Trayvon Martin’s Mom Gets Candid

It's just after noon when Sybrina Fulton dials into the conference line for our interview, and it's quite obvious that she's a very busy woman.

"I have a million things to do," she says almost apologetically. "You know how it is."

The world knows Sybrina via tragedy. Her son Trayvon Martin's Feb. 2012 death sparked worldwide protests and national outcry about the unfair practices executed by the American justice system, one that seems to lend itself to the execution and incarceration of Black and Brown bodies more than justice.

What's worse? The fact that her son's killer remains free.

"That is the most outrageous part of it," said Fulton. "Not only do you lose your loved one, but the person who shot and killed them does not have to justify themselves for what they've done, because we have laws that say you can shoot somebody and get away with it."

Fulton"s life forever changed on that fateful winter evening. Her quest for justice earned her recognition from Cafe Mocha's Salute Her Tour this year, one that honors women who are making positive changes in their communities. "A lot of times, people think that what we need to do is change the laws and have stricter laws" said Fulton.

"I'm for change and I think that we need change, but not only do we need to see change in law, but in mindsets. When somebody can look at you and judge you by the color of your skin, it';s not something wrong with the person that you're looking at, it's something wrong with the person judging you. So we gotta get that into people's heads and mindsets."

Through the Trayvon Martin Foundation, Fulton works tirelessly to ease not just her pain, but the pain of those who have lost loved ones far too soon.

 
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