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Father to Congressional Caucus: ‘We Won’t Let This Verdict Sum Up Who Trayvon Was’

Tracy Martin on the Hill: "If there’s something that we can do as a foundation to help other families from going through this, then we’re here.”

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Rodrigo Sermeño

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July 24, 2013 - 6:34 pm
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WASHINGTON – The father of slain teenager Trayvon Martin told lawmakers Wednesday he is determined to make sure that the trial following Trayvon’s death does not tarnish his son’s memory.

“To have his name, slandered and demonized, I think, as a father, it’s really important that my message to the world is that we won’t let this verdict sum up who Trayvon was,” Tracy Martin said. “I’m going to do everything in my power not to give up the fight for him. Not only to fight for Trayvon, but for many other black and brown boys in this country.”

Emotions ran high at the inaugural meeting of the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys, as participants discussed the issues disproportionately affecting males in that community.

Tracy Martin was the panel’s guest of honor.

“Just to have the life of your son taken away from you, when you’ve molded him to become an outstanding citizen of this country – it’s heart-wrenching. That’s something that you can never get over,” Martin said.

Martin stated that the Trayvon Martin Foundation would fight “against senseless crime and senseless violence” and would seek to educate communities about Florida’s gun laws.

“We’re going to have mentoring programs. We want to try to educate our communities on the Florida statutes, on the Florida laws…that really we need to understand how these laws apply to ourselves,” he said. “We want the members of Congress to hear we are the voice for Trayvon. Trayvon is not here. There’s nothing that we can do to bring Trayvon back, but if there’s something that we can do as a foundation to help other families from going through this, then we’re here.”

The meeting primarily focused on how to prevent another tragedy like the killing of Trayvon, the unarmed teenager shot during a confrontation with George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer.

Nearly two weeks ago, the jury found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder, sparking protests across the country. The verdict also prompted President Obama to deliver remarks last week about his personal history with racial bias.

Martin praised Obama’s comments last Friday in which he identified himself with the struggles of the Florida teenager.

“I think the point that President Obama made…that this could’ve been him was so important to the American people because obviously the most influential man in the whole planet is weighing in from an African-American’s perspective. Just to have the president of the United States comment on our situation really touched home,” Martin said.

Several lawmakers and panelists expressed their concern that many young black men in the U.S. had their lives defined for them before they even got started.

“The issues are spread across the spectrum of the life of black males and American men who have been stereotyped from their years as boys, as youth, and finally as men. We seek a society that doesn’t define black men and boys, but allows African-American males the opportunity to define themselves as individuals,” Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said.

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I think the most important lesson to be learned from Trayvon's death is that it's pretty stupid to violently attack strangers who are doing nothing more than quietly observing you. "Outstanding citizens" don't do that, or many other things Trayvon did.
38 weeks ago
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If his father loved him so much, why was Trayvan living with his mother hundreds of miles away from his father? Maybe if Trayvan's father had taken his responsibilities seriously, Trayvan would still be alive.
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"...molded him to become an outstanding citizen of this country."

Welcome to the land of delusion. What country in the history of the world has had outstanding citizens who routinely referred to racial groups with vulgar slurs and interacted with women like they were pigs without ears? Send me pix of those statues.
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just as Donald implied I am stunned that a mother can profit $7877 in a few weeks on the computer. have you seen this web site http://www.wep6.com
37 weeks ago
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just as Billy implied I am dazzled that a mother can make $7924 in one month on the internet. have you read this link>Bar40.ℂom
37 weeks ago
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Trayvon could have been Obama. Obama could not have been, Brian Terry, Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, or Glen Doherty. They were heroes who died alone!
37 weeks ago
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLeH6GCOk04&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Trayvons stepmother raised him for the last 14 years!
37 weeks ago
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Trayvon was well on his way to being a menace in the 'hood!
37 weeks ago
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The Zimmerman trial had little to do with defining Trayvon Martin, the truth about his record and past history as covered up by the Miami-Dade school police system and his juvenile record did that very nicely, along with news stories. Had Trayvon been treated as what he was before the incident he would not have been in Sanford. He committed at least two offences within weeks of his death in Sanford that would if properly prosecute have confined him to Miami-Dade on probation. He may well still be alive with a chance to straighten out his life if everyone associated with him had stopped covering for him. Trayvon needed someone to stop covering for him and lay down the law, he then might have had a chance. The behavior being displayed by a lot of blacks including his father are the reason he had little chance of life and success!
37 weeks ago
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As long as the money rolls in, Martin will keep on with this farce.
37 weeks ago
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"We seek a society that doesn’t define black men and boys, but allows African-American males the opportunity to define themselves as individuals,” Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said.
Sorry, but the African American community has been allowing their young folks to "define themselves" for decades and what have they gotten - thugs who commit a majority of the crimes in this country. Maybe it's time to take control of these kids Miss Norton and show them how a proper society should behave.
37 weeks ago
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Mr. Martin: Your son Trayvon tarnished his own memory, by his words,
deeds and actions. After all, have you seen some of his vulgar, sexual
postings on the Internet. Is this how, as a supposed responsible parent,
you molded your son to become a great citizen, by permitting him to write
epithets and racial profanity in a public forum?
Perhaps in your world, you can preserve some memory of your son, but the
plurality of the world sees him as an unbridled thuggish teenage boy.
We're sorry for your loss.
38 weeks ago
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To say nothing of possession of stolen property and illegal drugs! Add a little harmless gay bashing and gang activities.
37 weeks ago
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this is just another example out of thousands where blacks will not take responsibility for anything they do.
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