There's nothing like a business opportunity to ease through the grief process.
Trayvon Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton is seeking to trademark phrases with her son's name.
According to applications filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by the family's attorney last week, Fulton wants to trademark "I am Trayvon" and "Justice for Trayvon" for use in DVDs and CDs memorializing the slain teenager.
In the wake of the news that her son had been suspended from school after traces of marijuana were found in his book bag, Fulton said Monday that those leaking information were trying to blame the victim. "They killed my son, and now they are trying to kill his reputation," Fulton said.Soon, T-Shirts, bumper stickers, coffee mugs and, no doubt, hoodies will be popping up like spring wildflowers heralding our period of "national soul searching".... for a nominal licensing fee, of course.
Thanks to the likes of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton (and yes, President Obama) who lit on this case like vultures on carrion, and now this example of tasteless, morbid opportunism, this affair is well on its way to living up to every nasty stereotype imaginable.
Speaking of living up to stereotypes:
North Miami Beach police said surveillance video shows dozens of high school students demonstrating in the Trayvon Martin case Friday ransacking a Walgreens store.
The incident occurred during a walkout from North Miami Beach Senior High School in support of Martin, 17, who was fatally shot in Sanford. Protesters have been calling for the arrest of George Zimmerman, 28, who has not been charged because he claimed self-defense in the shooting, according to police.We all want to believe the best of our fellow man but this sort of behavior doesn't help.