July 15th, 2013
08:09 PM ET

Trayvon Martin's family quiet after George Zimmerman verdict

For two days we have seen protesters around the country reacting to George Zimmerman's acquittal. But two people who have been noticeably quiet are Trayvon Martin's parents.

Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton weren't in the courtroom when the verdict was read late Saturday night and other than a few tweets, we haven't heard from them.

Outfront tonight: Natalie Jackson is an attorney for Trayvon Martin's family.

Filed under: Trayvon Martin • Zimmerman Case
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  1. Alan

    Its hard to not turn to biblical quotes during these times...But it's sad to see that this country focuses on some of the things it does. For instance, differences in race, religion, ethnicity...on and on. Would this whole case have been aired from almost a year if Zimmerman was black? History would prove probably not. What if Trayvon was white or hispanic...would it have received the publicity it did? History would prove probably not. But here is fact No.1 ; George Zimmerman, a white/hispanic/caucasion male, shot and killed a black male and this was ALL OVER the news for the last year. Nonstop news coverage. Fact No. 2 ; About 4 months ago in Brunswick GA, two black teenagers shot and killed a 1yr old baby in a stroller and shot the childs mother as well. Where has the news coverage been on that?????? It barely made the 5 oclock news and the local newspaper! I don't care what color your skin is or where you come from...shooting a 1yr old baby in the head while lying in a stroller is much more morbid and deserves more attention than a man shooting another in self defense. But again...that's not the sad occasion that got all the attention.

    July 16, 2013 at 2:51 am | Reply
  2. Wayne Gusman Jr.

    PLEASE do what I usually feel y'all do a wonderful job of. I am an American with brown skin who is ALWAYS classified as "black" & I strongly disagree wit the general (and largely the only perspective expressed) notion that the Zimmerman verdict, the jurors & Zimmerman supporters are shockingly insensitive to race, justice, and the Martin family. As a 32yr. old American man of color ("African American"), New Orleans native & 7.5 yr. veteran of the USMC, I identify with Zimmerman and strongly support the verdict! Please pull up some credible and honorable men and/or women of color who support the verdict, jury & Zimmerman to share their perspective. We need to balance the strong willed "black" men & esp. women who have expressed their disgust with all pro verdict elements. Thanks for doing what y'all do the way y'all do it!

    July 15, 2013 at 11:20 pm | Reply
    • Alan

      Well said Wayne! I am a 13.5 yr veteran with the USN. We as a country promote equality and unity on one hand, but then promote racial differences through the media on the other. I believe the State/Prosecutors tarnished this Zimmerman trial from the beginning. It was reported after the trial that the prosecutors altered the original 911 call portrayed to the court and only streamed together the pieces of the call that made it sound like Zimmerman was profiling Martin as a 'black' man. That was enough to light the fire across the country. We are too sensitive as a nation to racial issues...and that's with all races. Mexican, Black, White, Pink and Purple...whatever. When someone does something wrong, breaks the law, or says something stupid...they should be held accountable for it...because of the action(s)...not their skin color. This Castro guy that kidnapped those 3 girls...kept them for ten years raping and assaulting them...that case hasn't even received the coverage this Zimmerman and Martin case did. If we are going to spend MILLIONS of taxpayer dollars on trials and court proceedings for the public to see...lets spend it for the right reasons and quit promoting racism and not focusing on the crimes themselves. Thank you for voicing your belief Wayne and from a 13.5yr USN veteran, thank you for your USMC service!!!

      July 17, 2013 at 10:58 am | Reply
  3. Joey at Purdue Univ

    "For those of you who are black and are tempted to fill with - be filled with hatred and mistrust of the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I would only say that I can also feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man.

    But we have to make an effort in the United States. We have to make an effort to understand, to get beyond, or go beyond these rather difficult times.

    My favorite poem, my - my favorite poet was Aeschylus. And he once wrote:

    'Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget / falls drop by drop upon the heart / until, in our own despair / against our will / comes wisdom / through the awful grace of God.'

    What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love, and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black."

    (RFK, April 4th 1968 @ Indianapolis, Indiana)

    July 15, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Reply

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