On Tuesday, Trayvon Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, testified before a House panel on hate crimes and racial profiling.
Sybrina Fulton: “Trayvon was our son, but Trayvon is your son. A lot of people can relate to our situation, and it breaks their heart, just like it breaks mine. Thank you for everything.”
Tracy Martin: “I would like to say thank you to everyone who is supportive of our family, everyone who has helped us stand tall in this matter, everyone who’s holding the legacy of Trayvon and making sure that he did not indeed die in vain. I’d just like to say thank you, and he’s sadly missed, and we will continue to fight for justice for him.”
Also speaking at the hearing were Congress Members Cedric Richmond of Louisiana and Frederica Wilson, who represents the Florida district where Trayvon Martin lived.
Rep. Cedric Richmond: “I, as a member of Congress, I, as a black male who wear a hoodie, I, as a black male who buy Skittles and walk down the street drinking iced tea all the time, I am Trayvon Martin.”
Rep. Frederica Wilson: “This investigation is laced with racial profiling, lies and murder. Trayvon was hunted, chased, tackled and shot. Ill-conceived laws and lax gun laws all contribute to this tragedy. In closing, Mr. Zimmerman should be arrested immediately for his own safety.”
In the New York legislature, a number of legislators wore hoodies in session, including New York State Senator Eric Adams, a former New York City police officer.