I am so deeply saddened and at such a state of unrest regarding the Trayvon Martin tragedy. I have not been able to let this story go once it gained the public’s attention. In case you’re tying to follow the case as well, I’d love to keep you up to date on the latest developments.
Trayvon’s parents–Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton–as expected are beyond upset about the loss of their son and demand that George Zimmerman (self appointed neighborhood watchman and Trayvon’s killer) be arrested for his crime. Tracy and Sybrina appeared on The NBC Today Show and Sybrina told Matt Lauer, “I strongly feel he needs to be arrested, because a crime was committed. My son is murdered, my son is not with us no (sic) more. Nothing can bring him back.”
Benjamin Crump, the family’s attorney appeared on the show with them and said, “It’s crazy that this family has to wait for grand juries and stuff when, if it was the other way around, they would have arrested their son on the spot.”
After the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice announced they were probing into this case, local authorities announced that a grand jury would convene on April 10th. Trayvon’s mom, Sybrina feels that there is pretty much no reason for this investigation unless it results in George Zimmerman’s arrest. Crump says that having the grand jury attend to this case is “the playbook that they always use.” The grand jury could end up saying they don’t have enough to indict anyone. Typical.
If they grand jury could conjure up a way to pretend as if they don’t have enough evidence to indict Zimmerman when there’s recorded 911 calls that detail Zimmerman stalking Trayvon as well as him using racial slurs. The slurs were recently brought up as a part of the investigation because the Sanford Police Department tried to cover the fact that Zimmerman was using the derogatory terms as he pursued Trayvon. We already know that Zimmerman used the fact that Trayvon was dressed in a hoodie that he was somehow a threat to him.
Activists are taking a stand and have organized a Million Hoodie March in Union Square in New York City this afternoon.The march will end at the United Nations. Today happens to be International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination which ushers in Daniel Maree’s (Million Hoodie March organizer) cause perfectly. Martin’s family will be attending the march this evening. More protests were slated Wednesday in Orlando and Miami. Another major rally expected Thursday night in Sanford, Florida.
I am so glad that people are actually passionate enough to make a change about this tragedy. Thank you Daniel Maree and everyone else responsible for organizing marches. The next order of business needs to be a revolt against the “Stand Your Ground” law which basically protects people like Zimmerman from prosecution because he was claiming self defense.
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"