I wanted to write to you because I think of you and Trayvon often. I am a mother too. My first born was a little boy named Travis who died shortly after he was born. I have buried a son so I truly know how you are feeling and the loss you have suffered. I also have a daughter named Deanna who was born in 1995 like Trayvon so as I hear about this tragedy I always see it from the point of view of a mother.
What I want you to know is that I am white. I am from Canada. I signed the petition on change.org when there were only about 5000 signatures. As a fmily we have been talking about this tragedy from the moment we heard about it in early March. My mother cares about Trayvon, my daughters care about Trayvon. I want you to know this. I know in many ways this tragedy is about race but at the same time this tragedy transcends race. Three generations of white women in Canada care deeply about the great injustices that have happened to your little boy. As do millions around the world.
Trayvon Martin has changed my consciousness. I want you to know this.
As a little girl growing up in Canada I remember being about 3 or 4 when I came home repeating a song some kids down the street had been singing-Eeny Meeny Miney Moe, Catch a……..well I was just repeating what I had heard, completely unaware of the meaning of what I was about to say but immediately my father got very angry and reprimanded me. He was a young, idealistic lawyer and I learned very young that some people might be racist but it was something our family in no way tolerated.
And as I grew up racism wasn’t tolerated in my world. We were to judge others by the content of their character not the colour of their skin. We were to speak out against those with racist views. And in my world I very seldom saw racism. I went to school, was friends, neighbours and co-workers with people of various races, religions and nationalities. We celebrated diversity.
Sure I knew racism still existed but naively I thought it was some extreme fringe groups that no one really took seriously…..then your son was killed… and I realized that my little world did not reflect what was going on elsewhere. Trayvon Martin taught me there is still much work to be done. Trayvon Martin taught me the need to keep fighting against injustice. Trayvon Martin taught me to not take for granted that everyone was raised as I was and as I have raised my children.
I will never forget your son. His name and his image are forever etched in my memory. My favourite photo is of him in the orange t-shirt on the horse. And I will fight racism in big ways and small ways wherever I go in honour of your son.
I will never forget you. The dignity and grace you have shown in this most difficult time is nothing short of amazing. Sybrina Fulton, you are an inspiration. You are a class act.
The road you have ahead of you will be long and hard. I hope you can take some comfort in knowing that many people from all over the world, of all different backgrounds hold you and Trayvon in their hearts.
Of the many human transitions to lose a love one can be a soul searching experience of what is life, and why. But I know that your love will grow, and your pain will be that of joy as it transforms into love, and that Martin as is the center of all things is love.
This Mother’s Day you will not have child that you give birth to 17 years ago but if I could tell you that we are not giving up on Trayvon for you. I pray that you are finally sleeping and each day will be better but knowing that this is something that you will NOT get over!
Thanks for showing the WORLD what a strong black woman looks like. Take your day my Sista and know that you will always be Trayvon’s beautiful mother!
You did not realize it when he was born that you had given birth to greatest. As the parents of such greatness, you would have to sow the burdens that each parent had to endure for being bless with such a child. You would have to live with the death of your child who would leave you suddenly and violently, but through his death, a Nation would rise and save itself.
God who created us, not this, but us, blessed each of us with a task that most of us will never fulfill. We see it as being too big for us. How can we fit those shoes? One moment, one second before that shot rang out and a new Seer was exposed, you never thought you could walk the steps you have been walking since February 26. You never knew the true strength you possessed until that day when God’s true miracle was revealed through the death of your son. You never imagined that one photograph, the photograph of Trayvon with a face that seemed to be at peace with itself would startle a Nation and wake up the children of God in such a profound way. “I Am Trayvon,” simple and complete is God’s message. We can choose to continue to sleep or we can wake up and realize through those beautiful brown eyes that he is I.
Stand Your Ground is what they call it. The Malevolent named it. It’s for the good of the people it proclaimed. How many victims had perished from it before the Seer, Trayvon’s time finally came. What Evil and Hate did not know on that rainy, seemingly uneventful night was that God would be revealing his ambassador after hearing earlier children’s cries. How could the Malevolent see through such an innocent disguise? All it saw was another victim, another it could abuse and use to further its ambitions, and why not another prize? The Malevolent saw the innocence in Trayvon’s eyes. He thought and believed this would be an easy prize. God, however, made certain that this time we would not only see, but also hear the victim’s voice, his screams and cries, this is one, but many of the surprises God had cleverly disguised. How else can you explain that person being on the phone with 911 when screams of a child and the ringing of a shot from a gun recorded Trayvon’s time into immortality.
I remember reading someone said, “He was going to be something.” Don’t you see, he already is. He is the screams we hear in that 911 telephone call desperately fighting to live. He is the baby we rock to sleep each night. He is the child that mother who died was fighting for, they said she screamed, shouted and cried, “My Baby,” as seven bullets took her life. He is the reason millions of people walked the streets, signed petitions, and showed their outrage to such a senseless and brutal act. Trayvon is I. It is amazing what God can do. He turned a tragedy into the unveiling of the truth that despite the few of the Malevolent’s children who prefer to live in darkness and turn away or close their eyes, this Country has grown and matured, and has learned to see itself beyond the constraints of black or white. This Nation is proud of its rainbow and can see itself as a people that know the different between what is wrong and what is right. God also used George Zimmerman, who for whatever reason volunteered to play the part of Judas, the antagonist, the killer.
So many parents have lost children through brutality and senseless violence that will never be heard, seen or known, but through Trayvon, they can hold on to the hope and the promise that God does respond to our cries. As a mother of two sons, I cannot begin to imagine what you are going through. However, I believe with all my heart that you two are the parents of royalty.
Thank you for your courage, your pride, your dignity, your love and your strength. Your love for your son and the convictions of your hearts have reaffirmed an unrelenting truth that “God don’t make no junk.”
I’ve never done this before so I hope that the words I extend to you can give you comfort…
My name is Danielle I have four children of my own. I look at my children as yours once was like a diamond in your eye. Our hopes that our children will one day out do us, in performance, is usually shown through the result of how they were raised. And what values they learned from us, that they carry with them day to day. As I look at your pictures of Travyon I see that he was a happy child. It says all that in his smile. That’s the same smile I see from my three boys and little girl everyday once they awake to another day. I hurt for you in the sense that I haven’t yet had to feel that same pain you feel when all you have are pictures of your youngest child, are no longer able to feel him, and you just the memories of doing so. I thank you for not giving up on that motherly feeling of a starvation for justice in the name of your son, it helps mothers like me, remember to teach our children where we came from, and where we need to be, and hopefully we all have the good sense to get there. Travyon loves you, We as African Americans love you, and America can hopefully wake up before it’s too late and realize, what Marvin Gaye was saying “What’s Going On”…
Happy Mother’s Day because our jobs are never ends…. And all we can do is hold on even tighter to the ones we still have…
Let me first say my heart is hurt for you. This will be your first Mother’s Day without your son Trayvon. I could never know your pain-as a parent.
I too lost someone violently, my dad Rev. James W. Sutton. I know what I see when I see you. A woman who is trusting in God and knowing that God makes No mistakes. My dad was taken from me May 19,1996 and I was so angry at God. You see, my dad woke in the mornings with God on his mind, and it was his thoughts through the day, and I could not understand why God would take him. My dad was bound and gagged and tortured because, his heart was good and he wanted to help somebody. I realize that it was not a Godly act, and I had to get on knees and ask God to forgive me for being so angry. Just know you will get your justice. You will get to face that monster face to face and tell him how his act destroyed your family. Even in the midst of waiting and going back and forth to court please, do not get discouraged. I had buried my dad and it took about 60 days to arrest the suspect.
I have 3 son’s who my dad helped me with everyday. We got discouraged, and there were days when I did not think I would make it. The justice system can make you feel like What about me? The ones who are left behind., it seems nobody wants to talk to us until they need us. I just want you to keep trusting in God and know that Travon’s death will not be in vain. You will have good days and bad days, just remember that during your worst days Travon is sitting at God’s feet and he does not want you sad. Mr. Zimmerman will get what is due him, if not on this earth then certainly when he leaves this earth. I remember something my dad always told me-To be absent in the body means that I am present with the Lord.
I am so very inspired by the strength, courage and grace that you have shown to the world. May God bless your life abundantly and keep you and Jahvaris safe. Seeing him on CNN demonstrated to the world what a magnificent MOM you are. YOU ARE INDEED A VIRTUOUS WOMAN.
Hello and may god bless you and your whole entire family. My name is Dionna I live in Pittsburgh Pa and I follow your son’s story mostly everyday and my heart hurts for you and your family because although I have never experienced losing a loved one so tragically I can still feel your pain. Sybrina you and your husband are both fighters i watch you and his face when you all were doing tv interviews and I just pray every time that justice will come to light. I just wanted to write you and let you know you are not alone even though you are going through a lot there are people out here who do stand with you and im one of them.
With deep respect for you and yours, from my heart and my family, we want to wish you Happy Mother’s day. You will not have your kid with you, but you got now thousands and thousands of new kids, I am one of them.
I know it will be so hard to experience this Mother’s Day without Trayvon,and I don’t know how you feel so I wouldn’t even attempt to say I do, but there is one who does and that is God himself who lost His Son Jesus for the sins of this world. In time the healing will begin, stay strong and keep leaning on Jesus and try to enjoy this Mothers Day as much as you can, for your other Son. I pray for your peace, comfort and everlasting Joy, have a Blessed Mothers Day. In Christ name!
I feel as if we are in a world where the everyday news is so cold it makes it difficult to feel, feel for ourselves, feel for our neighbors, feel for our humanity. Trayvon’s story though is one of the rare ones that, for all it’s pain, forces each and every one of us to feel it. I am so deeply sorry that you have become our symbol for hope in this way. Your loss is so severe I do not know how or where you have managed to preserve your strength, but please know that in this world, so cold to have taken your son, his image and yours have become spots of warmth on us all. This is your first mothers day with Trayvon, but you are still his mother, and I hope you find peace in that on this and every day.
I wanna wish you a Happy Mother’s Day and let u know that you and your family are so strong… With God all things are possible… Take care and be blessed and you all will be in my prayers! #RIP Trayvon (he’ll forever live on)!!!!
HELLO MY BEAUTIFUL BLACK QUEEN. MOTHER OF THE EARTH AND ALL CIVILIZATIONS. AS BEING A PROUD BLACK MAN. I KNOW FROM THIS POINT ON THINGS WILL BE REAL HARD. WHEN MY EMAIL REACHES YOU I HOPE YOU KNOW THAT TRAYVON IS LOOKING DOWN ON YOU WITH ANGELS IN HEAVEN SAYING MOMMMY IT’S GOING TO BE OKAY. EVEN THOUGH I DON’T YOU AND YOUR EX HUSBAND PERSONALLY WE ARE BLACK AND THAT’S ALL THAT’S MATTER. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY AND REMEMBER THE LORD WILL HAVE HIS VENGEANCE AGAINST EVERYBODY WHO HAD SOMETHINGT O WITH YOUR TRADGEDY. I LOVE YOU
As the Mother of three sons, I cannot begin to imagine the horrific pain of your loss. The photos I have seen of Trayvon always bring sadness to my heart. He was such a handsome young man.
Treasure his memory, speak of him often with those whom he loved, and laugh with others as you recall Trayvon. In doing so, you feel his presence and he will touch your heart with joy. There is more to our existence than the life we know.You will be with him again. Nothing bad can ever happen to Trayvon again.
You have shown the world how to “stand your ground” without violence. I am proud of you, your calm and your determination. It goes without saying that I feel your pain for the loss of your son. I am a mother of three. Just the thought sickens me! I am so angry about it all: the shooting, police botched job, injustice in the system, GZ’s release, …and the list goes on and on.
I pray daily for your strength and comfort, a comfort ONLY God can give. Thank you for being a phenomenal woman! You are my She-RO/Hero. I love YOU! Happy Mothers’ Day!
I am glad for the opportunity to thank you for representing so many mothers in this country (but especially black mothers). Your courage and undying love for your son Trayvon gives us all the strength and fortitude to keep fighting for Justice! In the coming days, weeks and months please know that you are not alone.
Trayvon’s sweet face will be a Beacon of Hope for all of us. Continue to stay strong and God will take care of the rest.
Ms. Fulton, I hope I never know the pain of losing my child. My son, now 27 years old, is still my sweet baby boy. My heart aches for you. I know that bringing his killer to justice will never bring back your baby. I just hope that justice is served because it may be the only thing that will allow your heart to begin healing. This is so horrible and I am so very, very sorry.
Dear Sybrina or Ms. Fulton (which ever one you prefer),
I am only a teenage girl so I’m not really all that full of wisdom, only sarcasm and cheesy jokes. So here’s a joke that maybe one day you’ll hopefully smile at: What do you call Frank the mailman when he’s on vacation? Frank! Because, ya know, he’s not working so the mailman title is no longer needed…yeah.
But all joking aside, I want you to know that millions of people have got your back. And I know that my words don’t really mean a lot, but, I’m sorry. I’m really, really sorry and I can only hope the best for you. I can’t imagine what it must be like in your position and you’re such a huge inspiration to us all. Losing Trayvon was huge loss to everyone and we can all hope that something as horrible as that will never happen again. We all support you and send you love!
Your sorrow is unimaginable. However, God chose you for such a time as this. Trayvon’s life has made a difference for so many of us. God will give you the strength to complete His purpose. We are praying hard for you. Know you are loved by so many people you don’t even know. Keep the faith be strong. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. We cry because we are human - we know joy comes in the morning - and those that leave this world in the Lord will be together again in glory. God bless you my sister and thank you for allowing the world to see the love of God.
I know that no words can ease your pain on this mother’s day but I, as one mother to another, will be thinking of you and hoping that you feel the prayers of so many who are praying for your healing. I hope also that you know that your son is proud and grateful for you. God bless and keep you strong in your perserverance for justice for your son.
I want you to know you are not alone this Mother Day. I think about Trayvon everyday and feel hurt that your son is no longer with us. I am very proud of you and his father for letting the world know about what happen to Trayvon. I believe that when good people die young, God has them; to help us see clearly what his life meant. He made his mark in this world and America will never forget. I will never forget.
Peace, love, understanding, and forgiveness on this Mother’s Day, Ms. Martin! I am not going to claim I understand your loss, because I don’t or that I’ve experience similar pain, because I haven’t, but I know that Jehovah GOD is in CONTROL or all things and HE never gives us more than we can bear.
I am in awe of your strength and dedication to make sure that your son’s life and ultimate death will not be forgotten and serve as an example to the world!
I hope God keeps you strong so that you can endure the long road to justice. You are a woman to be admired for strength and dignity. You have shown a nation what it means to have grace in times of hardship. You will see your son again in Heaven, and hold on to that thought.
I am a mom who has cleaned up the blood of a young neighbor after she was shot in the eye. She did survive and participated in the trial that brought her shooter to justice. We need to end the profiteering and danger in our country from too many guns. Please know that your struggle has helped wake up this country and lead us from the path of a destruction. Racial profiling and too many guns has left too many dead and too many grieving. We also need to get real about education in this country and help kids making poor choices, not suspend them from school for nonviolent infractions.
Trayvon has become a martyr for change and justice. Your son’s name, like Amadou Diallo’s name, will forever ring out as a name that sparked a community to say no more. Your son is a champion, he was and is a soul with a purpose. God bless you and please keep moving forward until justice is done. Please remember that no matter the outcome of a trial, your stance has brought justice by making all Americans look carefully at ourselves and the future we are promising all our children.
When I look at you I know what a strong woman are. You are incredible and I think that, this is what God is like. God know the desires of your hearts. He will guide you paths right I will always keep you and your family in my prayers on Mother Day’s and beyond.
As a mother to two sons, my heart breaks for you. Today and every day. I am sorry I do not have words of wisdom. I am sorry I do not understand what happened to Trayvon. But I am thinking of you and your family. I am sending you love this Mother’s Day.