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Trayvon Martin’s Mom: Be Angry and Vote (Video)

Trayvon Martin’s Mom: Be Angry and Vote (Video)

For years now, it feels like unarmed young black men have been killed an an unprecedented rate. And while we remember Eric Garner and Michael Brown and George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, it all started with Trayvon Martin.

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Since the killing of the 17 year-old Martin back in 2012, his mother, Sybrina Fulton has become an activist. And Fulton spoke with Tiffany Cross on Saturday. She told the MSNBC host that it is time to be angry and that it is time to vote.

The activist began her comments, “I want us to be angry. I want us to be upset by what happened but I want us, to propel us to do some kind of action, to get more involved, to participate more. Maybe participate more with rallies, write letters, run for office. Those are the things that we need to do when we get angry and last, but not least, but more importantly, we need to make sure we get out and vote because it’s so important.”

She continued:

“I don’t have to tell you about our ancestors that were beaten, that were arrested, just to get the right to vote. I don’t have to tell you about that because we are living in a time right now where we can actually see a crisis happening right in front of us. And so I don’t have to tell you what our ancestors went through. We all know what our ancestors – but we’re going through a tough time right now. And when we get angry, we need to do something about that anger and it doesn’t need to be destructive.”

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Watch a clip of Fulton’s comments below, courtesy of MSNBC:

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