ORLANDO, Fla. - The parents of Trayvon Martin said they're taking no stance on a proposed boycott of Florida following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of their son.
Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, said Friday that critics of Zimmerman's acquittal have the right to express themselves, but that she and the teen's father are neither supporting nor opposing the proposal.
"I think the more important thing that came from this case, and has always been a part of this case, is the conversation and the dialogue on race and to see where we are and how far we have to go," said Martin family attorney Natalie Jackson.
Fulton spoke during a packed news conference at the annual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists at the Gaylord Palms Resort.
Entertainer Stevie Wonder has vowed not to perform in Florida as long as the state's st
and your ground self-defense law remains on the books.
Civil rights leader Al Sharpton has suggested that the law's opponents might boycott Florida orange juice. Other groups want a boycott on the state's tourist
destinations. Both citrus and tourism are multibillion-dollar industries in Florida.
In the meantime, Florida's s
tand your ground law has been under a lot of scrutiny since Zimmerman killed Martin. The former neighborhood watch captain wasn't arrested for more than a month after the shooting, in part because of the law.
"The Trayvon Martin Amendment simply stands for the proposition that you cannot be the initial aggressor," said the Martins' attorney, Benjamin Crump.
The Martins want supporters to sign petitions to garner support from lawmakers. Fulton stressed to reporters that her son's story is more than just a headline.
"This is our life. We're just humans. I know it's a story for you, a good story, but this is our lives," she said.
Martin family attorneys said drafting the amendment is still in its very early stages, but they said they're committed to it.
The family hopes the amendment will be adopted by all 26 states with s
tand your ground laws.