One of our basic rights as Americans is the right to travel around our country freely. But Greyhound has made it hard for Americans of color and Americans with accents to enjoy that freedom.
In recent years Greyhound has beefed up their security measures. But instead of making their passengers safer, the company has allowed invasive searches & racial profiling on board their buses. As it stands now, Border Patrol can stop any bus at any time, board and force passengers to go through questioning.
Border Patrol agents even keeps records of the complexions of people arrested on buses. No really. Medium, fair, brown, pale, and yellow (yellow?!) are some of the 10 choices that border patrol agents can tally up after harassing passengers. Border Patrol’s own numbers show that the vast majority of people pulled off of buses had medium/black complexions. This is not a coincidence…
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On February 26, our son Trayvon Martin was shot and killed as he walked to a family member’s home from a convenience store where he had just bought some candy. He was only 17 years-old.
Trayvon’s killer, George Zimmerman, admitted to police that he shot Trayvon in the chest. Zimmerman, the community’s self appointed “neighborhood watch leader,” called the police to report a suspicious person when he saw Travyon, a young black man, walking from the store. But Zimmerman still hasn’t been charged for murdering our son.
Trayvon was our hero. At the age 9, Trayvon pulled his father from a burning kitchen, saving his life. He loved sports and horseback riding. At only 17 he had a bright future ahead of him with dreams of attending college and becoming an aviation mechanic. Now that’s all gone.
When Zimmerman reported Trayvon to the police, they told him not to confront him. But he did anyway. All we know about what happened next is that our 17 year-old son, who was completely unarmed, was shot and killed.
It’s been nearly two weeks and the Sanford Police have refused to arrest George Zimmerman. In their public statements, they even go so far as to stand up for the killer – saying he’s “a college grad” who took a class in criminal justice.
Please join us in calling on Norman Wolfinger, Florida’s 18th District State’s Attorney, to investigate my son’s murder and prosecute George Zimmerman for the shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin.
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