Alicia Stanley, Trayvon Martin's Stepmother, Finally Speaks Out (she really raised him)
According to Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon's mother, Trayvon wanted to be a pilot Stable, married parents are the foundation for life, but Trayvon's. Alicia Stanley, Trayvon Martin's stepmother, claims she raised him. Zimmerman ignore the operator's advice and pursue Martin? Apparently, Alicia Stanley married Travyon's father, Tracy Martin, when Trayvon was about three. Stanley, he relocated Trayvon to his mom's, Sybrina Fulton's, home. Trayvon Martin's Parents Discuss Their Healing Process And Reliving The to seek justice more than his parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. and ESSENCE Senior Lifestyle & Relationships Editor, Charli Penn, for a.
What kind of conversation do I tell him as far as going outside and conducting himself? And it's not just about police, it's about unidentified neighborhood watch people or unidentified security guards. What do you tell parents? What would you tell parents out there? That's a very difficult subject for me, because my older son, he likes to go out with his friends. He likes to go to the movies and things like that.
I'm very afraid right now, because I have no clue what to tell him.After Words: Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, "Rest In Power"
I have no clue if I should tell him to run or walk, if I should tell him to defend himself or just lay there. I have no clue what to tell him. And that's some of the conversations that we need to have and also about the laws. We need to deal with the laws, as well, because my son was unarmed and the person that shot and killed him got away with murder.
Anderson, if I can say, it does lead to a larger conversation. Part of the -- a big part of law is notice. I think with the tragedy of Trayvon Martin's shooting has put all America on notice.
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And so what are we going to do about it now? Because once you have noticed, you have a duty. You have a responsibility. Are policemen going to do better? Are neighborhood watch going to do better?
But more important, is our society going to do better? Are we going to progress from this where it doesn't happen again because Sybrina and Tracy both have said, we can't bring Trayvon back but we're now worried about the next Trayvon unknown.
Well, what -- I mean, you have teenage sons, what do you tell them? Have you had that conversation? I've had that conversation and we continue to have that conversation. Sunny Hostin said something I thought profound, that was just profound when she said her son said, what did Trayvon do wrong? Why was he afraid of Trayvon?
And that's what I tell my boys, it's so hard to be yourself because everybody looks at you through their eyes, and I -- I remember telling them if the police stop them, you tell the police I'm putting my hands up, sir, and you have to say that because when it's us, and I do a lot of civil rights, our children get killed in some of the most unbelievable ways.
And when little black and brown boys get killed, it's almost a cliche. Nobody says a word. When we started Trayvon's case we couldn't get anybody to cover the story at all. And we didn't even have -- we weren't talking about race because we thought it was outrageous when you had a neighborhood watch volunteer with a gun kill an unarmed child and so -- COOPER: It's interesting, though, because I mean, I do think, especially in white communities, there is this inherent sense of white privilege that the police are there to help you and, you know, talking to Jeffrey Cannon just the other day and talking to you, that assumption is not there in the African-American community, in many parts of the African-American community.
Absolutely and the conversation evolves. And as Sybrina says we have to take a negative and find something positive about it. We have to ask our Department of Justice can little black and brown boys walk down the street and not have private citizens with guns profile and follow them and confront them because we need to know what the law is because we got to know what to tell our children, and if that is not the law, then the killer of Trayvon Martin should be held accountable for violating his civil rights.
Because he had every legal right to walk down that neighborhood sidewalk and not be profiled and confronted. And yet, as you know, the Juror B37 and I'm assuming the other jurors as well didn't discuss race in the jury room.
According to Juror B I want to play something she said. She clearly does not believe that race played any role in the profiling of Trayvon Martin at any level in this case. Do you feel that George Zimmerman racially profiled Trayvon Martin? Do you think race played a role in his decision, his view of Trayvon Martin as suspicious?
I don't think he did. I think the circumstances caused George to think that he might be a robber or trying to do something bad in the neighborhood because of all that had gone on previously.
There were -- there were unbelievable number of robberies in the neighborhood. So you don't believe race played a role in this case? I don't think it did. I think if -- if there was another person, Spanish, white, Asian, if they came in the same situation they were Trayvon was, I think George would have reacted the exact same way.
What do you think of that? I think that's a joke. Because he clearly said in the calls that it was a black teenager, an African-American teenager, so that was the profile. That was the person that he was looking for because that was the person or people that were breaking in in the area. Unfortunately, Trayvon was not one of those people. Trayvon had every right to be in that community. Trayvon had every right to go to the store and come back in peace and safe. So I think that's really a joke.
I don't understand why she wouldn't see that, but then again, there's the disconnect. There's definitely a disconnect.
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And Anderson, I was going to simply say that now -- you don't have to deal with the issue. And that's the troubling part. And you have to look at the defense strategy. They put the witness up who said her house had been burglarized and so it all -- it was almost suggested that the neighborhood watch had a right to stop every black teenager who walked in his neighborhood and are we going to now indict people based on the acts of a few?
Are we going to say the whole black male race can be profiled or if you have a white male do something, are we now going to say you can indict them? Because -- it's really different when you have a Caucasian do something.
Nobody says, that's how all them are. Do you think that -- and I don't want to put you on the spot about prosecution and stuff because I know you're thankful that it was brought to trial, but do you think race was not mentioned in this trial and prosecutors went out of their way to say race was not part of this. Do you think that was a mistake? Do you think that was just a strategy? What do you make of that, Ben? Well, Anderson, I've always thought, and we do thank Angela Corey's office for bringing the case because most prosecutors wouldn't have brought the case, and I thought they got right to the heart of the matter as I've often said.
But lawyers have different strategies.
They did not want to get into the divisive issue of race. In fact, it was the defense who brought up race and they responded. And it's interesting now because in the civil rights violation case, we do get to look directly at race which was not addressed in the state case, so it's somewhere where they minute for bad and minute for good, nobody can say we addressed race in the trial and so there should be something that the Department of Justice can look at with fresh eyes.
When Mark O'Mara said after the trial was done in the press conference, he said that if George Zimmerman had been black, had been African-American, this would have never been brought to trial. Do you think if George Zimmerman had been black he would have been allowed to go free that night after shooting somebody? You can go to any courtroom in America, Anderson, and don't take my word for it.
Just go sit in the back of any courtroom in America and watch how justices dispensed when it comes to young black males as compared to others in the courtroom. And I believe if the roles were reversed and Trayvon Martin shot George Zimmerman, he would have been arrested right there on the spot, hour one, minute one, second one if he wasn't shot.
Because when a black man has a gun, it's a different ball game. George Zimmerman had a gun and we saw how he was in the police station, it was almost as if not only did he profile Trayvon Martin but the police profiled him, too. They always took his perspective, never once seemed like did anybody take the dead kid on the ground's perspective.
There is another case right now, a woman named Marissa Alexander, in Florida who her husband was abusive to her, has a long history of domestic abuse. She shot a warning shot, argued Stand Your Ground, she got sent to jail after the jury deliberated for 15 minutes, 16 minutes, she got sent to jail for 20 years, for firing -- 12 minutes, excuse me, for 20 years for firing a warning shot.
They didn't grant her Stand Your Ground. And that's why the town hall meeting that you had, Anderson, on your show was so important because we have to talk about these things because when certain people in the community keep saying there's so much inequity in the way the justice system treats us you say, we stop believing.
It's interesting though, I do think in -- especially in a lot of communities, a lot of white communities, people kind of roll their eyes and think you know what, we have moved beyond this and it's -- you know, it's unfortunate that this conversation is often one sided. It's often coming from African-Americans.
It's not a conversation that's engaged with multiple communities it seems to me. And that's the beauty of Sybrina and Tracy, and the dignity at which they present themselves on behalf of their son because it's making us have to have this conversation, hopefully as a society.
We're just going to blame the victim, let's blame Trayvon, then we don't have to deal with it. But if you look at it as a parent who cares about children and the young people, you say we can't have this happen to another young person and I think that's what they -- COOPER: We're going to take one more break and I just want to talk a little bit about the legacy and some of the work that you both are doing to keep Trayvon memories -- Trayvon's memory alive and also to try to change some laws.
I -- I don't want to say anything good can come out of this, because I don't believe anything good can come out of this, but what do you want to happen now? I know you started the Trayvon Martin Foundation.
What are you hoping -- what change do you hope to affect? Well, the change that we hope to affect is with the laws. We want to make sure that any teenager that's walking down the street can feel safe, that they won't be killed and that they will make it home safely. Another thing we hope to accomplish through the Foundation is to connect families that are victims of senseless gun violence. So we, through our Foundation, we will be reaching out to other families that are hurting just like we are hurting.
We want to connect with them. We want to empower them. We want to help them motivate themselves and encourage themselves and so that they can move on and have productive lives, because this takes a lot out of you.
You must feel connected to so many others who have lost their children. And through the Foundation, also, through changing the laws, we want to have a mentoring program. We're going to have different pastors like come on the line, on our conference call, and pray for these families just to strengthen them And you're hurting and you have no idea what to do.
We also want to connect them with at least legal advice to give them some sort of direction. We had Parks and Crump. And I thank God for them. But some people have no clue what to do when something happens to, you know, somebody in their family. They have no clue what to do. We just had good direction. We were able to, you know, move on from what was happening through the Parks and Crump team.
Do you believe the system works? I mean haven't -- you -- you've had this horrific experience. You've seen the justice system up close. Do you believe it works? Well, we have faith in the system. But it's -- it also goes back to what your -- what you have to work with.
And for me in our case, we just feel as though that the state did all that they could do with what they had. Had it been investigated properly from the beginning, it would have been more overwhelming evidence. Do the system work?
It didn't work for us. But we -- we remain prayerful that the system, through this injustice, that we can build some type of -- we can close that gap and hopefully that the system can start working for everyone equally. And you're hoping civil rights charges are filed, obviously? Yes, but a bigger message, Anderson. The precedence is a terrible one that this case sets, that you can be the aggressor, you can initiate the confrontation.
All the evidence say Trayvon was running away, but yet minutes later, he's shot in the heart. His killer said I was standing my ground and he gets to walk away free.
Now, the next young minority kid who's killed, what do you think they're going to do? What do you think the killer is going to say? Have you -- your -- you have strong faith and from day one, you've talked about that. Has there been any moment in all of this where you've doubted your faith, that's made you question it? The only thing I question is why we were selected as opposed to another family.
But I've gotten over those questions. I've gotten over that. And I feel that he selected the right family. God wanted us to be the spokesperson.
Alicia Stanley, Trayvon Martin's Stepmother, Finally Speaks Out
So we just are being obedient to what we need to do and what God is telling us to do and what he's leading us to do. So hopefully, we can find some positive, some bright side out of all of this.
Well, your strength is amazing throughout all this and in the face of this. And it continues to be. Thank you very much for talking to us tonight.
That was taken from him when his father, Tracey Martin, started seeing another woman, Brandi Green, and gave up full guardianship to the biological mother, Sybrina Fulton. Trayvon was stripped of the only family and mother he knew. As a result, he grew angry, used drugs and turned into a thug.
Fulton has been traveling and giving speeches, and she has been acting as though she was a model parent. So how much has the Trayvon Martin Foundation raised, and where does the money go? No one seems to know. Soon after, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton set out on a cross-country tour and even went to Europe to collect money. Rapper Jay Z and the Weinstein Company are partnering on a series of film and television projects about Trayvon. We know Trayvon is being given a silly posthumous degree to continue falsifying his life story.
Their stories are altered to make them appear as victims who were unjustly cut down.