[quote="SwizzleStick, post:1, topic:279634"]
Maybe others have read most of this before, but I hadn't seen some of these details, so just a bit more info about what may have happened the night Martin died, though who knows about the accuracy.
"Trayvon Martin: Before the world heard the cries
SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - Tracy Martin had been looking for his son Trayvon since the night before. He went to bed figuring the teen must have gone to the movies and turned off his phone. When Trayvon still wasn't home in the morning, Martin called the police."...
Blue excerpt from: my.news.yahoo.com/trayvon-martin-world-heard-cries-032755828.html
This is every parent's nightmare. I couldn't continue reading the story after the second paragraph. How many of us have been exactly where Trayvon's father was that night: waiting for your child to check in, getting angry at him for turning off his cell phone, imagining the worse, and then experiencing that intense feeling of relief when you finally hear your child's voice once again... only Tracy Martin never did get that last part.
According to this absurd "stand your ground" law, Trayvon Martin would have been justified in killing George Zimmerman. He would have been acting perfectly within his rights to have smashed the guys head to a pulp on the concrete of the sidewalk. *If I were Trayvon's parents, I would wish he had. *
Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin are better people than I. They have shown the same sort of dignity and courage that characterizes so many of our African-American citizens throughout the hundreds of years of oppression they have experienced in this nation. I believe they should be held in the same sort of honor as Mamie Till Bradley, the mother of Emmett Till, who with great courage insisted that the world see what a horror had been done to her son, her baby, because he was a black boy.
I cannot hear Sybrina Fulton speak without breaking into tears. All she is asking is for justice for her son. That means two things must happen: 1) George Zimmerman must be arrested and tried for manslaughter, 2) this law must be amended to clearly state that if you choose to pursue someone, you will be held fully accountable by the law for any escalation in violence that may occur and whatever consequences result.