The parents of Trayvon Martin sat down for an interview with Matt Lauer.
Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton are understandably shocked and dismayed with the acquittal of George Zimmerman.
They assert that race was most definitely a factor in their son’s slaying.
Asked on NBC’s Today if he thought race was a factor in his son’s death, Martin responded: “Obviously, any time you have a person that makes an assumption that a person is up to no good, there is some type of profiling. Was he racially profiled? I think that if Trayvon had been white, this wouldn’t have ever happened. Obviously race is playing some type of role.”
Fulton told NBC that the case is “sending a terrible message to other little black and brown boys — that you can’t walk fast, you can’t walk slow. So what do they do? I mean, how do you get home without people knowing or either assuming that you’re doing something wrong? Trayvon wasn’t doing anything wrong.”
Once again, our thoughts and prayers are with Trayvon Martin’s loved ones at this incredibly difficult time.