It’s been five years since Trayvon Martin was fatally wounded while walking home in Florida, and his parents aren’t convinced much progress has been made on racial justice since his death.
Martin’s killing fueled the Black Lives Matter movement, but his parents fear President Trump will reverse whatever progress has been accomplished. And for that very reason, both Tracy Martin and Sabrina Fulton are considering running for political office, USA Today reports.
“Since Trayvon’s death, we saw how divided the country is on these issues and we saw how the country can come together,” Tracy Martin said. “You have those that are for uniting the country and you have those that want to be apart. And what this new presidency does, it takes those that want to be apart and it puts them right in the position where they can say, ‘We’ll change the laws, and we’ll make it tougher.'”
Martin worries the Trump administration will make it easier for law enforcement officials and citizens to justify violence against minorities on the grounds they felt their life was in danger. George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, argued he felt threatened by the 17-year-old, whom he had followed in his car and then on foot in 2012.
“Before I was just comfortable with my average life, but now I feel like I’m just obligated to be part of the change,” Fulton said. “The only way we can be part of the change is if we start with local government and we work our way up.”