Trayvon Martin’s mother delivers important message to Lincoln community

The mother of a 17–year–old who was shot and killed in a Florida neighborhood back in 2012, spoke in Lincoln today—calling for social change.

“My son was murdered, and I have to tell you that it was absolutely for the color of his skin,” Sabrina Fulton said at an event Tuesday night.

It was a shooting that quickly found a national stage, sparking national debate over racial profiling and gun violence.

17–year–old Trayvon Martin was fatally shot in his father’s neighborhood, by Neighborhood Watch Coordinator George Zimmerman.

Martin was unarmed at the time of the shooting, though Zimmerman would later be acquitted of murder—citing the “stand your ground” law.

“This is a product of years and years of build-up.  Trayvon Martin wasn’t the first person shot and killed.  But people got angry about it.  I got angry about it and wanted to do something,” said Fulton.

In the wake of her son’s tragic death, Sabrina Fulton is calling for social change.  Wednesday night, she spoke at UNL, asking the community to change its mindset, and learn how to respect people from all walks of life.

Fulton said you don’t have to wait for personal tragedy to gain a platform for social injustices—urging people to get out and make a difference now.

“I challenge you to connect yourself with some non–profit organization—an organization that has the same views and thoughts and ideas that you have, to do something about your community here in Lincoln,” she announced in front of hundreds Wednesday night.

And the Lincoln community says they heard her message loud and clear.

“If people don’t hear us, we’re going to make sure they feel us,” said UNL student Letura Idigima.  “I believe that’s where it starts.  When we realize that people do care, it helps us care more and enable us to make a change.”

“I wanted to expose both of my children to this topic and conversation and see that this is the world that we live in, but we need to fight peacefully and still be good be people, be active, and make changes,” said Lincoln resident Lafaya Helmstadter.

Fulton spoke at a similar event, in Omaha, Tuesday night.