Sybrina Fulton, Mother Of Trayvon Martin, Responds To DOJ Decision Not To Charge George Zimmerman
Attorney General Eric Holder was quoted in a statement released by the Department of Justice saying:
“The death of Trayvon Martin was a devastating tragedy. It shook an entire community, drew the attention of millions across the nation, and sparked a painful but necessary dialogue throughout the country. Though a comprehensive investigation found that the high standard for a federal hate crime prosecution cannot be met under the circumstances here, this young man’s premature death necessitates that we continue the dialogue and be unafraid of confronting the issues and tensions his passing brought to the surface. We, as a nation, must take concrete steps to ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future.”
Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, joined Roland Martin Wednesday on “NewsOne Now” to discuss her reaction to the Department of Justice deciding not to file charges against George Zimmerman for murder.
Fulton told Martin, even though she was expecting the decision by the DOJ she “was not surprised by it.”
Through this tragedy Fulton explained to Martin, she has seen “some good” come out of it. “Many communities have come together to try to make a change.”
“We noticed that a lot of communities are standing up for each other and they’re just fed up with the same thing continuing to happen. So I’m kind of proud of our country, but at the same time we are definitely in a crisis.”
When asked about her expectations of the Department of Justice’s investigation and decision on the case Fulton said, “I just felt that because of the sate trial and they did not hold him [George Zimmerman] accountable … they were not going to hold him accountable as well.”
“Looks like this is our new history, this is like what is going on now, that they’re not holding the person that shoots and kills our young people accountable for what they’ve done,” said Fulton.
Martin asked Fulton if she thinks people will lose trust in the American legal system as a result of yesterday’s decision. Fulton responded, “I think they absolutely will.”
Fulton said, “We put our trust in the justice system, we put our trust in the fact that the right thing would be done. It’s not like they didn’t know who the killer was, they didn’t know what weapon was used. They had all of that information. Then you had a deceased teenager that couldn’t tell his side of the story. You had a 28-year-old man that shot and killed him, that followed him, that pursued him and that murdered him.”
She continued, “… the government is sending an awful message to our young folks. Our young folks are already afraid to walk down the street, they’re afraid to play their music too loud, they’re afraid to do just common things like getting in a car accident because they know that it might be somebody on the end of the gun that may shoot and kill them and they might get off because of these laws.”
Chicago Police Operating A Domestic ‘Black Site’
According to a Guardian report, “the Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.”
Producer, writer, director and author, Issa Rae joined Roland Martin Wednesday on “NewsOne Now” to discuss her new book, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” and her latest project ColorCreative.tv.
ColorCreative.tv “aims to increase opportunities for women and minority TV writers to showcase and sell their work, both inside and outside the existing studio system.”
Rae described her new project as “a way to circumvent the pilot system and showcase new talent.”
“The existing pilot system is so inefficient and expensive,” said Rae.
She also said the pilot system is a “white man thing and you get lost in the system.” The indie-filmmaker added ColorCreative.tv offers an opportunity to say ‘hey there are these people that you may not have been on your radar and we’re putting them on your radar. We’re getting an audience around them and were packaging them and sending them to the networks.”
Rae told Martin, “I want to make content that I want to watch and this is an opportunity to do that.”
Her new book, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” is “a collection of humorous essays on what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits, and black as cool.”
Watch Martin and Issa Rae discuss ColorCreative.tv and view clips from “Bleach,” “Words with Girls,” and “So Jadded” in the video above.
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.