Trayvon Martin Shooting Outrage Comes to House Floor
Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., delivered an impassioned speech before members of Congress on Thursday in which she called for an arrest of the man responsible for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
The congresswoman kicked off a series of daily House floor speeches demanding justice for Trayvon yesterday afternoon.
The 17-year-old high school student was shot and killed in Sanford, Fla., Feb. 26 by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who claimed he was acting in self-defense.
But earlier this week speculation arose over whether Zimmerman - who said to police "these a-holes, they always get away" - used a racial slur while on the phone with 911 dispatchers moments before the killing, ABC News reported.
Rep. Wilson told her colleagues on Wednesday that she's "tired of burying young black boys."
She compared Trayvon Martin's case to that of another young black boy, Martin Lee Anderson, who was beaten to death at a Florida boot camp in 2006. The Anderson beating was caught on tape and received extensive media attention, but none of the guards were jailed.
"What more does it take?" she asked Congress.
The case has captured national media attention as Wilson joined with members of her community to deliver a critique of the practice of racial profiling young black males.
"Yesterday I promised that every day I would come to the floor and announce to America just how long justice for Trayvon Martin has been delayed," she told members of Congress on Thursday. "Trayvon Martin was murdered 26 days ago and still there has been no arrest."
She concluded her address today with a plea for justice not only for Trayvon, but also for his parents, friends and loved ones who, the congresswoman said, are suffering every day.
"Stay strong, my friends," Wilson said. "Stay strong."
Wilson, along with civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton, will join Martin's parents at a rally in Sanford tonight. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., is also expected to attend.