Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Travyon Martin, gave her endorsement for president to Hillary Clinton in an editorial on CNN, citing the candidate’s support of Black Lives Matter and gun control.
Travyon Martin was the black teenager who was shot to death by George Zimmerman in 2012, whose memory figures prominently in the Black Lives Matter movement.
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“As a senator, [Clinton] voted to extend the assault weapons ban,” Fulton wrote. “She has called for key reforms — from better training for officers to eliminating racial profiling and investing in body cameras for every police department. She sees what I see: a criminal justice system that is not always just.”
Clinton had earlier met with Fulton and other members of the Black Lives Matter movement in November, NBC reports.
“In spending some time with her in person, I also found a mother and a grandmother who truly heard me, and understood the depth of my loss,” Fulton wrote. “We talked about Trayvon and other families who have lost a loved one to gun violence. We talked about all of the wishes and hopes we had for their lives.”
Clinton has fostered a better relationship with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement than her opponent in the Democratic Primary, Bernie Sanders, who had been previously criticized of downplaying the importance of racial injustice in policing.
At the rally in Arizona in July, Sanders was heckled by BLM protesters. According to CNN, he replied, “Listen, black lives of course matter and I spent 50 years of my life fighting for civil rights and for dignity. But if you don’t want me to be here, that’s OK.”
In August, BLM protesters shut down Sanders’s rally in Seattle.