It’s 2012….you’d think that we as a people would have come a lot further than where we currently are but unfortunately that’s not the case. Racism, assumptions and stereotypes of African Americans are very much still alive. On a more positive note though, after all of the support and marches done in support of Trayvon Martin, it’s a blessing to hear that George Zimmerman was officially convicted. Now…whether or not we can agree that 2nd Degree Murder was enough, it’s atleast a step. Check out the clip of Trayvon Martin’s family responding to Zimmerman’s murder charges. You can also check out some of the updates from CNN below:
First of all, I want to say: Thank God. We simply wanted an arrest,” she told reporters in Washington, D.C. “We wanted nothing more and nothing less, and we got it. And I say thank you. Thank you, Lord. Thank you, Jesus.”
[Updated at 6:49 p.m. ET] The attorney for Martin’s parents, Benjamin Crump, standing with the parents and the Rev. Al Sharpton, told reporters in Washington, D.C., said that if one were to look at the facts and evidence fairly, Zimmerman “had to be arrested, and this matter had to go before a judge and a jury.”
“We can take a short breath, because we are just now getting to first base,” Crump said. “This is only first base. Trayvon’s legacy cannot be tarnished based on people doing sick things and acting (on) ignorance or using violence.”
[Updated at 6:42 p.m. ET] The Rev. Al Sharpton, standing with Trayvon Martin’s parents at a news conference in Washington, D.C., said “there should be no high-fiving” over Zimmerman’s charge.
“There’s no winners here. … This is not about gloating. This is about pursuing justice. We have not won anything. All we have established is we have the right to redress,” Sharpton said.
Sharpton said that he believed public pressure didn’t lead Corey to file the charges, but he believes public pressure caused Florida’s governor and Corey to review the case.
“If we did not get this far, we would condemn them,” Sharpton said. “We must say that despite the fact that we are of … different political persuasions … we came together and said only the facts should matter.”
“We are trying to make sure that something happens so that this will not happen again,” Sharpton said.