A Trayvon Martin fashion statement

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WILLIAM REED

 

(NNPA)—Do you feel George Zimmerman is “a racist?” Make a fashion statement to let the world know how you feel. The issue of “race in America” was clearly illustrated in the attention African-Americans paid to the Zimmerman trial. Nowadays, Black Americans are no longer asking, rather, they’re demanding “Justice for Trayvon Martin.”

If Zimmerman thought he’d live out his days as a happy camper, he’s sadly mistaken. The “Justice for Trayvon Martin” campaign has morphed into an enterprise that’s not going anywhere, anytime soon, especially if Parks & Crump, attorneys at law, have any say in the matter. Parks & Crump, which specializes in personal injury cases, happens to be one of the nation’s top Black law firms. Expert in law and civil rights, the firm is the reason that [Trayvon] was packing a bag of Skittles and a can of Arizona Iced Tea sticks in your mind.

Partners Darryl Parks and Benjamin Crump have been the most visible of the firm’s six-member team. Thanks largely to Crump’s legal position and activist efforts, the Martin case has prompted a flurry of marches and rallies around the nation, merited comment from President Barack Obama and garnered the attention of the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Parks & Crump camp helped to create a “Justice for Trayvon” industry consisting of protest paraphernalia that includes hoodies, sweatshirts and bumper stickers. The law firm proved to be instrumental in establishing the Trayvon Martin Foundation, with donations totaling an estimated $5 million.

Crump is a principal with the Tallahassee-based firm. He was initially contacted by Tracy Martin’s cousin. His cousin, a Miami attorney, happened to be familiar with Crump’s civil rights work in Florida. The firm is headquartered in the state capital, and Crump is well connected and has been recognized by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund for his “enduring pursuit of justice.” The firm’s receipts from both city and state wrongful death lawsuits exceed $10 million.

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