ColorOfChange.org: "We still fight for Trayvon" (These ppl Are F'ing NUTS)Submitted by Barracuda_Trader on Sun, 07/14/2013 - 16:03
George Zimmerman stalked and killed Trayvon Martin in late February of last year. It took 45 days for Sanford, Florida police to arrest 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's admitted killer — and only 16 hours for jurors to acquit him of second-degree murder and manslaughter last night.1
We are angry. We are sad. And we are in pain.
We send our love and support to Trayvon’s parents — Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin — and we grieve with them and the countless other families of Black children who have been killed just for being Black.2
In this time of national sorrow, let's turn our rightful frustration into action and grow a movement to hold the criminal justice system that fails Black Americans every day3 accountable.
Since the beginning, the Department of Justice has closely monitored the state's case against George Zimmerman, and the DOJ can still bring charges against Trayvon's killer. Please join us in calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to bring federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman, and help us strengthen our efforts to end racial profiling and the violence it creates.
What does it say about our society when a civilian can shoot and kill a Black child who is just walking home from the store, and what can it mean when the killer is set free? What does this say about the value our society places on the lives of young Black children? It tells us that a Black life has little worth. It tells us that Black youth are seen as nothing more than violent criminals.4 And it tells us how much more work we must do to achieve a just society.