Trayvon Martin mom: Sybrina Fulton appeared at the University of Utah on Thursday to discuss racial profiling. In 2012, her 17-year-old son was shot by neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman. UPI reported Jan. 16 that Fulton blasted racial tensions which she insists is still very prevalent. She also talked about the clothes her son was wearing and how the color of his skin probably made all the difference.
Trayvon's mom said that if there was an "upside" to his tragic death, it was the "opportunity to save someone else's child."
Fulton informed the audience of several hundred people that they should not rest easy in Utah believing that racism does not exist.
"Don’t think for one second racial profiling doesn’t happen. Don’t think for one minute even in your community of Salt Lake City it doesn’t happen," she said. "Racism is still alive. Racial profiling is still alive. Injustice is still alive."
Trayvon Martin's mom said the fact he was wearing a hoodie when he was gunned down by Zimmerman is something that is relevant all over the nation.
"There should not become a time when we are comfortable with burying our children," Fulton continued. "What happened many miles away in Sanford should be uncomfortable for you."
"Is it the hoodie that really made the difference? Or the color of his skin?" she asked. "And if by one second, just by one mere second, we think that it's the color of his skin, then something is wrong with America."
The boy's mother made clear that those targeting individuals based on their appearance or skin color are deadly to society.
"At the end of the day, it’s not about Trayvon. It’s about the person that felt he was suspicious," she added.
George Zimmerman was acquitted last year on murder charges that he shot and killed Trayvon. He claimed that he acted in self-defense.
The death of Trayvon Martin has caused unthinkable pain to his mom and dad. When parents lose a child, the one of the only ways to cope is to do what they can to make the world a better place, which is what Fulton is doing.