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Trayvon Martin’s mother has announced who has her vote in the November 2016 election and it is none other than Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

In an op-ed on CNN, Sybrina Fulton explained her decision in great detail, writing:

Losing a child is any parent’s worst fear. As a mother who has had to live that horrible nightmare in a very public spotlight, I hope that by speaking out, it will help focus some of that light onto a path that can help our nation find its way out of this darkness.

Last week, President Barack Obama took some important steps that included strengthening the background check system for purchasing guns without diminishing our Second Amendment rights. I was glad to see these actions put in place, and was moved by the tears of not just our President but of a father who clearly understands my anguish.

But next year we will have a new president. And everything Obama has done — even common-sense reforms that a majority of gun owners agree with — will be overturned if that president is a Republican. In fact, the Republican candidates have vowed to roll back all of these sensible measures. And many of them have shown open contempt for the simple notion that Black Lives Matter.

With so many of our children’s lives on the line or taken, we simply can’t afford to elect a Republican who refuses even to acknowledge the problem of senseless gun violence. The rising generation of our young people need a president who will stand up to inaction from Republicans and indifference from the National Rifle Association.

I believe that person is Hillary Clinton.

I know Clinton is tough enough to wage this fight. I’ve seen her do it for years. As first lady, she advocated for the Brady Bill and convened meetings on school violence. As a senator, she voted to extend the assault weapons ban and against an immunity law that protects irresponsible gun makers and dealers from liability.

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.

She knew all the statistics. But like so many, I’ve long since grown numb to the numbers. So instead, 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. And knowing we can never get them back, we discussed how to prevent more moms from losing their sons to gun violence.

Clinton will uphold President Obama’s recent executive actions, and then she’ll go even further. Her plan focuses on reforms that would help keep more guns out of the hands of criminals. It would finally close the gun show loophole, and the outrageous provision that allowed someone with an arrest record to buy the gun used to shoot and kill nine parishioners at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

I agree with the President: We should only support leaders that fight for common-sense gun reforms. Clinton passes that test.

The support of Fulton could mean a lot for Clinton who, in her quest to secure the black vote has been accused of, quite simply. doing too much and being inauthentic. No matter whether you agree with Fulton’s decision in a candidate, one thing she’s right about is “we must vote!” The question is do you think she’s voting for the right person?

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  • bluelight74

    Wrong endorsement. Hilary Clinton doesn’t give a [email protected] about black kids or most kids in general. Her policies when her husband was president help create mass incarceration and had a large hand in today’s prison to pipeline environment. It’s quite easy to look up her legislation, what she supported and voted on. Forget the prepared statements she makes on t.v. LOOK UP her record. Hilary needs to quit pandering and nae naeing and whipping it on t.v. and address areas of real import. As if laughing and dancing are all black people care about and clowning around will get our votes. Sadly, it actually works on some of us. I cringe every time I see someone black ( who should know better) teaching her dance moves on t.v.

    • BlackGlamour

      that’s what i have to keep telling myself, i remember those policies from the 90s that BC signed into law that affect more minorities than any other. She’s convincing that’s for sure.

      sidenote: so who are you leaning towards thus far?

    • bluelight74

      It wasn’t just Bill Clinton. SHE actively endorsed those policies, gave speeches on them and when she took office endorsed them. Only one choice that makes any sense: Bernie Sanders. Our two party farce of a political system is garbage.

  • [email protected]

    First, Sybrina Fulton is entitled to endorse who she wants to. She lost a child. She deserves that right. Also, I don’t agree with the far right, whom some won’t even advocate federal government funding for mental health services. Some of these extremists view human life as having less value than guns, which is evil and wrong. Now, I don’t endorse Hillary Clinton for many reasons. For long years, Hillary has even been aided by Wall Street and other corporate interests. When the centrist President Bill Clinton was in office, she went along with his reactionary policies of the Crime Bill, the expansion of the mass incarceration state, and the welfare reform bill (which crippled black, brown, and poor families in general). When Hillary Clinton was Senator, she voted for the destructive Iraq War, which has caused mayhem and destruction throughout the Middle East. When she was the Secretary of State (under President Obama), she supported NATO’s evil war in Libya (which violated international law and she gloated over the death of Qaddafi. US-backed jihadist rebels killed Black Libyans too). Libya is now in a civil war when Libya once had strong public resources for its people.

    Today, Hillary Clinton is running for President. She talks about guns, but she refuses to call for any Wall Street criminal to be prosecuted (in a high level), and she refuses to expose the destructive system of white supremacy. Hillary won’t expose the underlying class issues that relate to our problems in the first place either. I won’t vote for the racist, sexist, Islamophobic, and xenophobic Republican Presidential candidates (like Trump and Cruz. These folks are extremists and I won’t ally with their agendas at all). Yet, I disagree with Hillary on numerous issues. I do send prayers to Sybrina Fulton as she is a heroic black woman.

    • BlackGlamour

      well said!

    • [email protected]

      Thank you Sister. On Tuesdays, my mind loves to write eloquent words on issues.

    • BlackGlamour

      u do it every day of the week! not just on Tuesdays :-)

    • [email protected]

      You are so Sweet. :-) There is no ambiguity about our commitment to social tranquility, egalitarianism, and justice. Bless You Sister.

  • tinycurls

    There is NOTHING sincere about Hillary. Donald might as grow a little Hitler mustache. Bernie is the only viable candidate. May the candidate with the best hair win.

  • Bernie, Bernie, Bernie!