Only a few months removed from the verdict that exonerated their son’s killer from serving time behind bars, Trayvon Martin’s parents have decided to write a tell all book about the experiences they shared during the controversial trial.
According to The New York Times, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin met with publishing executives to discuss a book chronicling their journey since Trayvon’s death in February 2012. Once source predicts the book will be chocked full of religious messaging on account of the duo’s unmitigated spirituality.
After a jury acquitted their son’s shooter, George Zimmerman, in July, Fulton tweeted biblical verses and said she was leaning on God to help her through the challenging time.
“Lord during my darkest hour I lean on you. You are all that I have. At the end of the day, GOD is still in control. Thank you all for your prayers and support. I will love you forever Trayvon!!! In the name of Jesus!!!
Martin and Fulton haven’t announced when they plan to get started on the book, but the motive will be to provide greater perspective of their son’s life and their own struggle.
*Rapper T.I. has applauded the parents of Trayvon Martin for their restraint, because he would be on trial now and facing prison time if George Zimmerman had killed his son.
“Man, it was some bulls**t. My hat goes off to the Martin family, because if it was me and my child, there wouldn’t have been no trial…
“I’d have been on trial. It would’ve been the trial of the father who killed the man who killed (my child). That would have been my story. My hat goes off because (the Martin family) are much more clear and level-headed thinkers than (myself).
“It’s just another harsh reminder the world that we live in is as imperfect as God promised us it would be.”
*After a woman named “Maddy” – also known as Juror B29 in the George Zimmerman trial – publicly stated that he “got away with murder,” one couldn’t help but wonder what was the reaction of the parents of Trayvon Martin to her comment.
As we reported, Maddy came forward to tell her story to ABC’s Robin Roberts. The full interview is scheduled to air this (Friday) morning on “Good Morning America.”
Again, Maddy told Roberts straight up that Zimmerman “got away with murder” in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, but that Florida law, as understood by the jury, made it impossible to convict.
“I was the juror that was going to give them the hung jury. I fought to the end,” she said during the interview, for which ABC News aired clips on Thursday. “That’s where I felt confused, where if a person kills someone, then you get charged for it. But as the law was read to me, if you have no proof that he killed him intentionally, you can’t say he’s guilty.”
Zimmerman was acquitted on second degree murder and manslaughter charges July 14th.
Maddy, black Hispanic and a nurse’s aide, who moved to Florida from Chicago, said it’s difficult for her to sleep since the not guilty verdict of Zimmerman.
“It’s hard for me to sleep,” she told ABC. “It’s hard for me to eat because I feel I was forcefully included in Trayvon Martin’s death. And as I carry him on my back, I’m hurting as much Trayvon’s Martin’s mother because there’s no way that any mother should feel that pain,” she said.
As new said at the top of the story, we can’t help but wonder how Trayvon’s parents freel about Maddy’s comments. Well, now we know. Sybrina Fulton issued the following statement Thursday night on behalf of herself and Tracy Martin:
It is devastating for my family to hear the comments from juror B29, comments which we already knew in our hearts to be true. That George Zimmerman literally got away with murder.
This new information challenges our nation once again to do everything we can to make sure that this never happens to another child. That’s why Tracy and I have launched The Trayvon Martin Foundation to try and take something very painful and negative and turn it into something positive as a legacy to our son.
See Juror B29′s comment below. Watch the full interview this (Friday) morning on “Good Morning America.”
*Wednesday found Trayvon Martin‘s father, Tracy Martin, on Capitol Hill where he vowed that he would work “with everything that I have left in me” to make sure the lessons learned from his son’s death help to bridge the nation’s racial divide.
Martin made his promise at a meeting in Washington, D.C., of the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys, which was scheduled months before George Zimmerman was acquitted July 13 of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in Trayvon Martin’s shooting death in Sanford, Fla., last year.
But its timing couldn’t be better, said Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., who said it was the caucus’ mission “to take on the challenges facing our men and boys and to ask our fellow Americans and African-Americans to do the same.”
Tracy Martin told the panel that “we won’t let this verdict sum up who Trayvon was.”
“As American citizens, we cannot stand by and let a not guilty verdict dictate what our youth’s legacy becomes.” he said. That’s why, he said, he’s fighting not just for his son but for “so many other young black and brown boys in this country.
“What can we do as parents, what can we do as African-American men to assure our kids that they don’t have to be afraid to walk outside your house, go to the store, get a bag of Skittles, a can of iced tea and not make it home?” Martin asked.
“The next time your parents see you, you’re dressed in white in a funeral. That’s something that no parent should ever go through.”
Martin spoke a day after the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll suggested that racial relations are more strained in the wake of Zimmerman’s acquittal than they have been in many years.
*The rancid bile just keeps spewing from Ted Nugent.
In a new op-ed published Tuesday for conservative news site Rare.us, the rocker and National Rifle Association advocate argued that George Zimmerman should sue the parents of Trayvon Martin for “emotional pain and suffering.”
“George Zimmerman is thankfully and rightfully not facing any jail time for legally defending himself, but he is far from a free man,” Nugent wrote. “While there is little he can do to protect himself from a civil-rights charge by our gun-running, pro-New Black Panthers attorney general, Mr. Zimmerman may have some legal room to move regarding a wrongful death lawsuit by Trayvon Martin’s family.”
Zimmerman, who was acquitted on second-degree murder charges in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin last year, should consider suing the deceased teenager’s parents, Nugent said. The basis for the suit, according to the conservative pundit, would be that “Martin viciously attacked” Zimmerman, resulting in “great bodily harm.”
“Trayvon Martin’s vicious attack on George Zimmerman and Martin’s tragic death have no doubt surely dragged Mr. Zimmerman through 18 months of untold emotional hell, pain, distress, anguish, fatigue, nightmares and financial ruin,” he wrote. “Again, following the narrative of the pro-Trayvon media types and other race-baiters, if Trayvon Martin was a minor, then Trayvon Martin’s parents may be held liable for the emotional pain and suffering Mr. Zimmerman has been put through for the past 18 months, and surely for the rest of his life.
Nugent, who has spent a good portion of the past few years stridently advocating against gun control, has paid special attention to Zimmerman’s right to bear arms over the course of the trial.
Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of Trayvon Martin appear on ‘Good Morning America,’ July 18, 2013.
*Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin made the morning-show rounds today, speaking out for the first time since George Zimmerman was acquitted of killing their unarmed son, Trayvon Martin.
The two were somber and resigned in their appearances on “CBS This Morning,” “Good Morning America” and “Today,” repeatedly expressing their shock at the verdict and indicating that they may be moving forward with a civil suit.
Martin spoke movingly about his son on CBS this morning, opening the interview by saying, “I want America to know that Trayvon was a fun-loving child. He was our child. We miss him dearly. Just to have your child’s life taken away from you like that, it hurts. And it’s a process that will take a long time to start to recovery from.”
Fulton added that she was “stunned” when she heard Zimmerman was not found guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter: “I [thought] that they would see that this was a teenager just trying to get home. This was no burglar. This was somebody’s son that was trying to get home.”
Both agreed that race played a huge factor in the killing. “I think it was obvious that it was a black person, a black young person, that they were looking for,” Fulton told co-host Charlie Rose. “But Trayvon was simply not that person.” Watch below.
Race was more of a focus in Martin and Fulton’s conversation with Matt Lauer on Today. Martin said that if his son had been white, “this would have never happened — so obviously, race played some type of role.”
When co-host Matt Lauer asked if he felt that the legal system had failed her son, Fulton answered yes, “to a certain degree,” adding, “I just didn’t understand. How can you let the killer of an unarmed child go free?”
Trayvon’s parents also discussed the aftermath of the verdict, saying that they hoped all protests would be peaceful — and telling Lauer that while they may someday be able to forgive Zimmerman, “forgiveness is like a healing process. Forgiving takes time.” Watch below.
Martin’s parents said today on “GMA” that they wish the members of the jury had gotten a chance to know more about their son during the trial.
“I wish they really knew Trayvon for who he was and knew that he was a kid,” Martin said. “They didn’t know him as a human being, a very decent human being, a fun-loving kid. He loved kids.
“I just wish they had an opportunity to really know who Trayvon was and to put that in context with what their decision was.” Watch below.
Zimmerman has gone into hiding since the verdict, but in an interview this week with ABC News, his parents, Gladys and Robert Zimmerman Sr., said that if they had the chance, they would tell Trayvon Martin’s parents they are truly sorry about what happened the night their son fatally shot the 17 year old.
When asked by “GMA’s” George Stephanopolous whether he was comforted by the Zimmermans’ apology, Martin called it a “hard and fair question.”
“There’s no winner in this situation,” Martin said. “Obviously, we are devastated more.”
“I just think that all the circumstances surrounding books being written and the mischaracterization of us as parents, I just really don’t feel that it’s real sincere,” he said. “But we continue to pray that we’ll find peace and strength to be forgiving parents.”
Martin and Fulton have started a foundation named after their son and say they hope his death and the trial can serve as a catalyst to bring the country together.