Democratic U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson delivered a rousing speech this week before fellow members of Congress in which she pleaded that her colleagues “stand up for justice” in the wake of the recent shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
Martin, 17, was shot and killed in Sanford, Fla., by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain who claimed he was acting in self-defense.
Wilson, who represents Florida’s 17th Congressional District, can be seen in this videotaped speech saying she’s “tired of burying young black boys.”
She compares Trayvon Martin’s case to another young black boy, Martin Lee Anderson, who was beaten to death at a Florida bootcamp about three years ago. The Anderson beating was caught on tape yet none of the guards were jailed.
Even with the increased media attention being given to the case of Trayvon Martin’s death, Wilson’s plea to her fellow elected officials is one of the most impassioned statements critiquing the practice of the racial profiling young black males.