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Trayvon Martin’s Mother Seeks to Trademark Rallying Cry Phrases

Sybrina Fulton
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By now we all know the story about Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old who was slain in a neighborhood north of Orlando. There has been a lot of national attention to this ongoing case.

The latest is interesting nonetheless. Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother, is making efforts to trademark certain slogans that have arisen by supporters who are seeking justice in the case.

According to Kimra Major-Morris, Fulton’s attorney, the phrases “Justice for Trayvon” and “I Am Trayvon” have been sent off for trademark protection. She went on to say that the reason for the trademark application is to safeguard intellectual property rights for “projects that will assist other families who experience similar tragedies.”

As often happens in situations like this, “entrepreneurs” attempt to cash in on the notoriety of the case.

For example, there is an eBay listing of a white shirt that reads, “I walk and stand in solidarity with the family of Trayvon Martin in their quest to seek justice for the murder of their son.” Don’t fret though, ten percent of the proceeds will go to a fund in the late teen’s name.

Meanwhile there is another merchant selling t-shirts which feature Skittles, the candy that youngster was carrying when he was murdered.

Come on America, we’re better than that!

[New York Daily News]

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