I could never forgive George Zimmerman if I was Trayvon Martin's mom

I can't even begin to imagine the relief Trayvon Martin's parents must have felt yesterday when they were told George Zimmerman had been charged with second-degree murder and had been taken in to custody. ¡Por fin! is probably what went through their minds and through the minds of many others who were outraged when Zimmerman wasn't originally arrested after killing Trayvon back in February. While Trayvon's parents are fully aware that this is just the beginning, I'm sure they must have slept a little bit better last night than they had the last 45 days. ¡Pobres padres!

I do have to say, though, that I'm in awe of how Trayvon's mom, Sybrina Fulton, has it in her heart to express sympathy for Zimmerman's family, even while mourning the death of her young son. "I understand that his family is hurting, but think about our family," she told the Today show earlier this morning. 


I know this is going to sound heartless, but I don't think I'd be able to care about the family of the person who fatally shot my 17-year-old son as he was coming back from the store carrying a bag of Skittles and an iced tea to his step mother's home in a gated community.

Although I'm not proud to admit it, I've been known to hold grudges and in this case I'd be so outraged, hurt, desperate, frustrated, devasted and I'm sure even revengeful, that I wouldn't be able to think about anybody else but my dead son. In fact, my husband and I have often talked about how we'd react if anything hurtful was ever done to one of our children and, unfortunately, we both agree that we'd probably want to take matters into our own hands. Just the thought of somebody harming my children makes my skin crawl. In reality, however, I know it's impossible to know how you're going to react when faced with something so atrocious until you're actually in the moment. 

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While it will most probably be a while before Zimmerman's trial begins, I've already heard that it'll be really difficult to prove the second-degree murder he's been charged with. I can only pray that our legal system doesn't fail Trayvon's parents and that justice if finally served. 

What do you think?

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