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Sybrina and Tracy Martin – the parents of slain teenager Trayvon Martin –will finally get their day in court.

George Zimmerman, who is accused of killing 17-year-old Trayvon inside a gated community in Sanford, Florida last year, will go on trial Monday. A jury of six women — five whites and one Hispanic — will decide if Zimmerman is guilty or acquitted of the charges against him.

I’m disappointed that no African Americans are represented on the jury, especially since Seminole County is 12 percent black. This isn’t exactly a jury of Trayvon Martin’s peers, but they will, nonetheless, decide this case.

Even though the jury is expected to be sequestered until the trial is over, it’s hard to imagine that any of these jurors can be totally impartial, having read newspapers, and watched cable television shows about the case – and its racial implications — for a year in a half.

Two of the jurors recently moved to the area — one from Iowa and one from Chicago — and two are involved with rescuing animals as their hobbies.

One juror had a prior arrest, but she said it was disposed of and she thought she was treated fairly. Two jurors have guns in their homes.

“We firmly believe that when these jurors see the overwhelming evidence that will be put before them in the coming weeks, they will find George Zimmerman guilty of murder on the night in question,” attorneys for Trayvon Martin’s family said in a statement.

Opening arguments in the high-profile, racially-charged trial begins Monday in what is expected to be an emotional case that has already divided Americans along racial lines. Even President Barack Obama weighed in earlier this year and angered conservatives when he said: “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

Prosecutors contend that Zimmerman, 29, profiled Martin, 17, while he was walking in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., the night of Feb. 26, 2012, and that he confronted the unarmed teen. The former neighborhood watch volunteer, who has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, claims that Martin attacked him and that he shot him in self-defense.

Meanwhile, Sybrina and Tracy Martin, the mother and father of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, are parents in pain; a soft-spoken, spiritual couple on a crusade for truth and justice.

“We just want to do what’s right,” Tracy Martin told me in April. “We just want to do the right thing.”

For Martin, the “right thing” is sharing a message that Trayvon was a victim, not the aggressor or a thug; that he was good son who was shot and killed by an overzealous self-imposed neighborhood watch leader.

As I spoke with Tracy and Sybrina, I saw parents who are still struggling with the loss of their only child – as any parent would – but I also witnessed the dignity in which they are handling this sad and highly public tragedy.

“Our kids are still defined by the color of their skin,” Sybrina Martin told me.

Tracy and Sybrina Martin will sit in the courtroom every day during the trial trusting that Zimmerman will be convicted and ordered to prison. Zimmerman could face life in prison if convicted on second-degree murder charges.

The Martins are seeking justice for Trayvon – while perhaps praying for closure after mourning the death of their son for the past 18 months.

They deserve a moment of peace.

(Photo: AP)

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15 thoughts on “ANALYSIS: Parents of Trayvon Martin Finally Get Their Day in Court

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  6. Diann on said:

    I would like to know where anyone got the idea that the young man, Trayvon Martin was a thug. There was never any where in the media news cover that this young man was a thug. I am so disappointed in America. The racism and discrimination that Black people face everyday is just as bad as it was during the turn of the century.

    People on blogs hide and spew racist remarks because they know they can not be held accountable. In my day when a white kid called me a racial slur, they got their azz ‘whooped’ and usually that was the last time. Some were hardheaded and needed a couple of azz ‘woopins’ before they learned their lesson. This is 2013 and we still have people hurling racial slurs that hurt people to their soul.

    • joey on said:

      @ Diann I totally agree with you, in the wake of all these trials, and The Racism that is totally out of control,,

      We are kind of right back where we started… There is so much hate going around and not just with the media with our own communities WE CAN BE SO CRUEL TO EACH OTHER, Trayvon Martin was killed so how could he had been the aggressor. We got Celebrities spitting out Racial SLURS everyday, because still WHITE AMERICA will not and cannot except us as people. they still think we are working for MASSA! and that we don’t have any knowledge they think all black Children are THUGS ,, ITs just a different Kind of Racism Now, it will always be there ,, BECAUSE ITS LIKE A POISON SOAKED INTO THE GROUND.

  7. Thomas Buchanan on said:

    “Cover up”

    Was the picture of Zimmerman cuts taken by the police that night, or by a doctor the next day? The police call Zimmerman, father to the station that night The father, or the police could have put those cuts on Zimmerman to help him after he kill this black kid. Did he take a lie detector test about those cuts and broken nose.

  8. joey on said:

    It is very sad that there are not any Black people on this jury. AS you Can see even in the court Room
    THere is still Racial In-justice. THere is still Racism in the court rooms, in the jury pit. and where the judge sits… We got THe KKK in all these positions.

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