Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Reacts to the Acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin Case

Jul 15, 2013, 16:29 ET from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre, released a statement today on behalf of the public service organization in response to the announcement of the acquittal of George Zimmerman:

"The members of Delta Sigma Theta are disheartened by the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the man responsible for the senseless death of Trayvon Martin.  As Delta Sigma Theta is an organization that encourages its members and community to respect and uphold the legal system, it is simultaneously unfortunate that the system has failed to provide justice for Trayvon Martin and other African-American males. We can only hope and pray that this verdict will not set a precedent for the continued practice and legal sanctioning of racial profiling. 

Our hearts are heavier this morning as we must live another day knowing that one of 'our sons' has lost his life and his assailant has gone free. Trayvon Martin's death must not be in vain.  The women of Delta Sigma Theta will continue to join the fight to end racial injustice and assist in the repeal of laws that overtly or covertly victimize African-American men and women in this country, especially our youth. 

As more than 40,000 women gathered for our 51st National Convention in Washington, DC, the political capital of the world, we call upon the United States Justice Department to launch a thorough investigation to determine whether or not George Zimmerman may be prosecuted under the federal system for the death of Trayvon Martin.  In response to this grave injustice, members of Delta Sigma Theta and other civic organizations are encouraged to mobilize their communities by signing petitions, organizing peaceful protests, convening forums, hosting trainings, and engaging their elected officials on the federal, state, and local levels to heighten public awareness about 'Stand Your Ground' and other legislation that has a disparate impact on minority communities.  

As a 100-year old international organization of over 250,000 women initiated since its founding and comprised of mothers, sisters, wives, aunts, grandmothers and relatives of Africa-American males throughout this country, Delta Sigma Theta intends to stand its ground to ensure that our children are not profiled and attacked based on racial stereotypes and biased assumptions." 

Bernadine Stallings, (202) 986-2400 Ext. 383

Ella McNair, (202) 986-2400

Xina Eiland, (703) 785-4358

SOURCE Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.