Watching Israel’s brutal treatment of Palestinians in Gaza over our TV screens makes it easy to forget about the human rights abuses taking place right here on American soil.
Sybrina Fulton and Ron Davis, whose sons were killed in what many believe were racially motivated attacks, are using their children’s deaths to remind Americans that human rights are being violated right here in the United States.
More than a year after George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, Fulton felt the humiliating pendulum of justice swing directly into her still grieving heart after a jury found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder. And after Michael Dunn fatally shot Jordan Davis at a Florida gas station after reportedly arguing over loud music, a jury was unable to decide if Dunn was guilty of first-degree murder.
Both Fulton and Davis are continuing to use the court system to seek justice for their sons, but they’re also taking their activism a step further. They’ve joined forces with the U.S. Human Rights Network as part of a U.S. delegation to Geneva, Switzerland for this month’s United Nations review of the federal government’s compliance with the International Convention to Eliminate all forms of Racial Discrimination, or CERD.