Trayvon Martin's Dad: 'When Did Death Become the Normal for Us?'

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10:  Tracy Martin speaks during the Black Male Panal during the second day of the 2014 National Action Network Convention at the Sheraton New York on April 10, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by J. Countess/Getty Images)

Trayvon Martin's Dad: 'When Did Death Become the Normal for Us?'

Tracy Martin speaks at a Black Lives Matter ceremony in Florida.

Published February 10, 2015

At a Black Lives Matter ceremony at the Praise and Deliverance Church of God by Faith, Tracy Martin, the father of slain teen Trayvon Martin, said parents should teach their kids to stop resorting to violence in our communities, WSBTV reports.

"This generation of children is being lost," Martin said. "We’re committing genocide amongst ourselves. Each time a young man or woman is killed in the street, it has an effect on our children. Death becomes normal. When did death become the normal for us?"

Martin said that the protests and rallies across America are not only starting conversations about racial profiling and police-involved shootings, but also about Black-on-Black violence.

Over the weekend, Trayvon's mother, Sybrina Fulton, appeared on the Melissa Harris-Perry show and was honored as a "footsoldier of the week." She and her family are waiting to hear updates on the federal civil rights investigation into the shooting of her son in 2012.

"Well, we’ve been waiting over a year to hear something. We’ve been in contact with the Justice Department but we haven’t heard either way," Fulton said.

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