Trayvon Martin’s Mom Trademarks ‘Justice for Trayvon’ And Other Slogans In Unusual Move
Trayvon Martin is a name on everyone’s mind right now. He’s the 17-year-old Florida boy who was shot to death by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman while out buying some candy. Zimmerman, 28, says he was acting in self-defense â€“ he claims he was punched in the nose and had his head slammed into the sidewalk â€“ but many are quick to point out that Martin was unarmed and posed no real risk to Zimmerman (for the record, he also has no criminal record). Whatever went down that night, the case is a heated, multi-layered one that has sparked national outrage and prompted rallies calling for Zimmerman’s arrest.
Martin’s parents have lost a child and are clearly in mourning. But Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, has made an unusual move by trademarking slogans that have been widely used amid the outcry.
Fulton’s lawyer Kimra Major-Morris said Fulton has trademarked two slogans specifically: “Justice for Trayvon” and “I Am Trayvon.” According to the Associated Press, the move was not intended to reap a profit but rather for “projects that will assist other families who experience similar tragedies,” Major-Morris said in an email. I assume this means that Fulton plans to set up a foundation in Martin’s honor, which is really the only thing that makes sense to me. (Any other ideas floating around? We’d love to here them.)
Meanwhile, online sales of Trayvon-related merchandise have soared as a result of the controversy and media attention. This includes everything from bumper stickers and buttons to hoodies and t-shirts bearing phrases like “I am Trayvon Martin” and “Justice for Trayvon Martin.”