Trayvon Martin supporters are still reeling from the news Saturday that a jury of six women acquitted the 17-year-old’s killer, George Zimmerman, of murder. African-American parents, especially mothers, reacted with heartfelt emotions to the verdict. Take the unnamed black woman who rallied in protest of Zimmerman’s acquittal this weekend in Los Angeles. She told the city’s CBS affiliate that she was not demonstrating because of race but in solidarity with mothers.
“A lot of us ain’t out here about no color,” she said. “It’s about being a mother. And a mother lost her baby.”
Academic and MSNBC personality Melissa Harris-Perry also spoke about being a mother after Zimmerman’s acquittal. The mother of a little girl, Harris-Perry tearfully recalled on her show Saturday how happy she was to find out that she was having a daughter, as life in the United States is too dangerous for black boys, she said. Hear Harris-Perry in her own words below.