Mother of Trayvon Martin at U of U to speak on racial profiling

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SALT LAKE CITY – It was standing room only at the University of Utah’s Olpin Student Union Building Thursday as the mother of Trayvon Martin spoke about racial profiling.

Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Florida, and the trial gained national attention as it raised questions about racial profiling and shooting in self-defense. Zimmerman faced murder charges, but he was acquitted.

Officials at the U of U asked Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother, to speak as part of the school’s 30th annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. During her remarks, Fulton said her son’s death has prompted her to fight peacefully against racism, the way King did.

The theme of the event was: Beneath the Hoodie: A Look at Racial Profiling in America. Many who remarked on the shooting of Trayvon Martin suggested Zimmerman was motivated by the fact the teen was black and was wearing a hoodie.

Fulton said people should be looking for ways to make progress on issues like racial profiling.

“If you are not looking for ways to improve this country, to improve your community, then you are a part of the problem,” she said.

Fulton said she has been giving speeches across the country in the hopes she can help bring about social change. She said people should treat others with more respect.

“It has to be something else, and that something else to me is respect,” she said. “A lot of people don’t have respect for others, and they should.”

The U of U’s celebration of MLK Jr. continues through Jan. 23. Click here for more details from the school’s website. 



  • JC

    is this the same mother that kicked her own son(Trayvon) out of her own home due to his ignorant behavior to go with his father(who lived in the housing area where Zimmerman lived)? who was caught with burglar tools and suspended multiple times from school? making money of her own son’s death. racial profiling does exist and will likely due so due to human nature(bigotry), along with criminal demographics(which unfortunately focus on black committed crime due to the unfortunate fact that black males commit most of the violent crimes in the US) but this case is not strictly racial profiling. the evidence pointed to self defense. the police report showed that martin could have passed by Zimmerman on his way back home without coming in any contact with him at all.

  • M

    How much more to we have to hear about this shit bag, it taunted it and paid dearly for it. Enough there are many a good kid dying daily in Afghanistan without hearing about some ill raised gangland wanna be. Can we move on, tragic maybe news worthy anymore No Way..

  • Robbie Jay

    From the very beginning, children born outside of marriage have life stacked against them. The impact on the child is significant and can be permanent. Out-of-wedlock birth and growing up in a single-parent family means the child is more likely to experience:

    Retarded cognitive (especially verbal) development;
    Lower educational achievement;
    Lower job attainment;
    Increased behavior and emotional problems;
    Lower impulse control; and
    Retarded social development.

    Such children are far more likely to:
    Engage in early sexual activity;
    Have children out of wedlock;
    Be on welfare as adults; and
    Engage in criminal activity.

  • jennifer

    Wow…the truth is out…I wish I could repost these ignorant comments oCNN or HLN page so that they can see how backwoods and racist Utah really is.

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