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Trayvons parents come home

caines | 4/5/2012, 5 a.m.

Miami shows love for Slain teen

Since the untimely, tragic death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin over a month ago, there has been a constant surge of support, protest and demands for justice. As more and more people of all creeds and colors join the movement and lend their voices to those of Trayvons parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, rallies have been held in New York City, London, England and all points in between. Most recently here in Florida, hundreds gathered in Sanford, the site of Martins murder, Little Haiti, Miramar and last Sunday, in downtown Miami in a filled-to-capacity Bayfront Park pavilion. Many believe that the unarmed youth, shot by a marauding neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, was a victim of racial profiling. But the case also points to the loopholes and inherent vagueness that are part of Floridas Stand Your Ground law. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, along with City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, were two leaders among many that organized the Sunday rally and called on colleagues and community leaders for their participation. But it was the words of the grieving parents, who were joined by their older son and other family members, that spoke to the solemnity and significance of the event.

Words from a bereaved mother

It means so much to us to see you so many of you here, she said. People ask me how I can stand here so calmly while my son lies in his grave. I tell them that it is God. God gives me the strength to go on every day. Tracy Martin, the father of Trayvon, echoed her remarks. Weve gotten wonderful support from all across the U.S. but there is no place like home, he said. The hometown love is what we have needed and its your support that will help us continue in our quest for justice for our son. We wont stop I wont stop. Attorney Ben Crump, who leads a team of Black lawyers representing Trayvons parents, pointed out how that this is not an isolated case in America. Tracy is your son too and this case shows us that it could happen to any of us or our sons, he said. Its been over 35 days and we are still waiting for simple justice. We must escalate the conversation in America. Blacks must be prepared to move beyond simply standing our ground to sharing the ground. Fulton added that while she never chose this ending for her son, she believes it will bring monumental change. I cant help but believe that God has His hands in all of this, she said. For some reason that I have yet to understand, my son was chosen for this mission and gave his life so that others would not face the same kind of injustice and prejudice.

Youth say its time for change in America

Miaya Blackman, 10, traveled with her mother to Sanford last weekend and was also at the rally in Miami. She said she wanted to do something for Trayvon. Racism is still a problem in our country but it shouldnt be, she said. What happened to Trayvon could happen to others like me. I want to help bring justice to our community. Members of the Carol City and Norland senior high schools marching band and auxiliaries numbered close to 100. They were vocal about why they were present. We have seen too many instances where Blacks did not receive justice at the hands of white racists but we are here to say we have had enough, said Jaleel Johnson, 17. Justice must be served and we should have the right to wear a hoodie or whatever else we want, said Koron Baker, 17.