Trayvon Martin’s parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin: Race relations have regressed under Trump


Six years after their son, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin are speaking out about the racist rhetoric legitimized by President Donald Trump and the rise of divisive politics across America. Fulton had this message for the Trump administration.

"It's easier to be evil than good. When they lose a family member, then trust me, they'll understand,” Fulton told SalonTV’s D. Watkins on “Salon Talks.” She continued, “They know that people are being killed unjustly, unarmed and being shot and killed [and] then nobody is being held accountable. They know about the gun laws, they know the guns that are being sold, they know about the court system and the laws because they created all of those things.”

Fulton and Tracy joined Salon’s D. Watkins on “Salon Talks” to unpack the six-part documentary series that they are a part of, “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.” The series, executive produced by Jay-Z, premieres on BET and the Paramount Network July 30, at 10 p.m. ET.

Martin is hopeful that the nation can make progress on race, but says we are not there yet. “We went back a few steps in terms of how people view us and how they're taking our lives in terms of this administration. People are having a conversation about racism, but we still have a long way to go."

Watch the interview above to hear more from Trayvon Martin’s parents on how America can find meaningful change on race. And check out the full interview to hear how Fulton and Martin are helping other families victimized by gun violence pick themselves back up after tragedy through the Trayvon Martin Foundation. And, watch D. Watkins’ full interview with the directors of the “Rest in Power” docu-series, Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason to hear more about how Trayvon’s untimely death led to a nationwide movement and how they brought George Zimmerman’s story into the series.

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