Both of Trayvon Martin’s parents are considering running for political office, because they have not only seen enough progress made in racial justice since their son’s death but they are also fearful that President Donald Trump will erase any progress and even set the country back.
“Since Trayvon’s death, we saw how divided the country is on these issues and we saw how the country can come together,” Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father, told Capital Download. “You have those that are for uniting the country and you have those that want to be apart. And what this new presidency does, it takes those that want to be apart and it puts them right in the position where they can say, ‘We’ll change the laws, and we’ll make it tougher.'”
“Before I was just comfortable with my average life, but now I feel like I’m just obligated to be part of the change,” his mother, Sybrina Fulton said. “The only way we can be part of the change is if we start with local government and we work our way up.”
“It could go all the way to the White House,” she said, though she admitted she would obviously start smaller, at the local levels of government.
“There’s no limitations,” Martin agreed. “I think once you embark on a journey, you don’t minimize your goal; you want to maximize your goals. So you start on the local level and then you work your way up and hopefully it will take us to a place where we can help more than just local, more than just state. National. That would be the focus.”