July 16, 2013
Chicago, IL (Saturday, July 13, 2013) — Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and
Rainbow PUSH Coalition express sadness and disappointment regarding the
case surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin.
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. lamented:
“We are saddened and disappointed by this decision. It is a pattern
involving young African- American men that is too often repeating itself. In
my opinion, the American legal system has once again failed justice.
The jury, no African – American and no men, was always suspect. The
whole world observed this painful conclusion. Every avenue in the law was
watching. I hope that no one will compound our pain with street justice. It
will do damage to the innocent blood and legacy of Trayvon Martin.
The struggle for fairness and justice is not over. Justice will come to those
who continue to struggle for it.
We continue to pray for the parents of Trayvon Martin and we urge them
to remain prayerful and to stay strong”.
The Florida attorney representing the Trayvon Martin family, Benjamin Crump
added, “Medgar Evers, Emmitt Till along with Trayvon Martin will remain
symbols for the fight for equal justice for all”. In addition, the poignant words of
Dr. Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr., ring true that, “ this
will be a defining moment for the status of my father’s dream.
Coalition–Keeping Hope Alive