- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Trayvon Martin’s mother has turned his death into her life’s work.

The Coloradoan reports that in a speech Thursday at Colorado State University marking Black History Month, Sybrina Fulton said too many people are reluctant to acknowledge the prevalence of racism in the United States.

“You don’t have to agree, but it’s happening,” Fulton said. “What direction are we headed as a country if everybody’s targeting African-Americans?”

“People don’t understand because they’re not going through it. They’re not use to the profiling,” Fulton said. “But it’s just about knowing the laws, about bringing awareness to your communities, about bringing awareness to yourself before it happens to you or your family.”

Even though opinions sharply differ, Fulton told an audience of about 200, she’s simply happy to be continuing the discussion.

“We need to be talking about laws and racial relations,” Fulton said. “It’s only through these conversations do we come up with different solutions to these problems.”

On Wednesday, Fulton spoke to about 800 people at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, urging them to respect their differences.

Her appearances come three years after her son was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, who was suspicious of the black 17-year-old. Zimmerman was acquitted after arguing self-defense, focusing attention on violence against young black men and “stand your ground” laws in Florida and other states.

Florida’s “stand your ground” law allows the use of deadly force in certain circumstances outside the home.


Information from https://www.coloradoan.com/

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