An Open Letter From Trayvon's Mom to the Browns
Sybrina Fulton sees hope in fight against violence
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 19, 2014 9:51 AM CDT
In this July 26, 2013 file photo, Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, speaks during the National Urban League's annual conference in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Newser) Trayvon Martin's mother is sending words of support to the family of Michael Brown in an open letter. "I wish that all of the pain that I have endured could possibly ease some of yours, but it won’t," Sybrina Fulton writes in Time. "What I can do for you is what has been done for me: pray for you then share my continuing journey as you begin yours." She continues: "I hate that you and your family must join this exclusive yet growing group of parents and relatives who have lost loved ones to senseless gun violence." Her pain, she says, is "never-ending" and "unlike anything I could have imagined."

Given that "the killer of your son is alive, known, and currently free … your own feelings will bounce between sorrow and anger." But there is hope: Alongside insults and character attacks, "you will experience a swell of support from all corners of the world." And neither Michael's nor Trayvon's life "shall be in vain. The galvanizations of our communities must be continued beyond the tragedies … If they refuse to hear us, we will make them feel us," and that "means feeling our pain; imagining our plight as parents of slain children. We will no longer be ignored." Finally, she notes, "I would hate to think that our lawmakers and leaders would need to lose a child before protecting the rest of them and making the necessary changes NOW." Click for Fulton's full piece.

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Helpme
Aug 20, 2014 4:15 PM CDT
Remember the Bobby Fuller Four. That says it all.
themike
Aug 20, 2014 11:17 AM CDT
Both Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin are victims of their parents. This is not about the situation that put them in front of a bullet... it's about their life and lack of guidance that forced them in front of a bullet. Shame on their parents for turning the blame to others. Shame on any person or race that are trying to use these deaths as a platform for blame. Take responsibilty for yourself and your children. Don't hide behind your race. I dare you to stop using the race card and actually live life like the rest of us. If you want racism to stop... then stop hiding behind it.
Chuck Roast
Aug 20, 2014 11:00 AM CDT
It's too bad that either decreased man did not have a full time family to support them and teach them while they were growing up.