The mother of slain Trayvon Martin recently filed a trademark to protect the rights to his name as an attempt to control- and collect funds from- the masses of merchandise being produced in support of their cause.
It was revealed today that Sabrina Fulton, the boy’s mother, filed two petitions last week to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to specifically gain the rights to the phrases ‘I Am Trayvon’ and ‘Justice For Trayvon’, both of which have been frequently used by protesters across the country.
The trademark application shows that she is specifically looking for control of the use of those phrases on CDs and DVDs that feature her deceased son.
Interestingly, the application makes no mention of other merchandise that may use those phrases, and t-shirts and hoodie sweatshirts are notably absent from the listing, meaning that she would not collect any monetary payment if someone were to sell clothes with those words on them.
A wide variety of t-shirts, pins, buttons and banners are being sold in Florida and have been ever since the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin became a national issue, flaring fraught racial tensions throughout the state and the country.
The sale of merchandise has sped up in recent weeks, and will likely continue strong as rallies continue to be held in Sanford, Florida, where the incident occurred on February 26.
Shirts with the phrases that Ms Fulton just trademarked are available for sale online for $20 to $25 each.
Most of the t-shirts call for the arrest of the teen’s shooter, George Zimmerman, though one that was revealed on Monday goes a step further.
Local rapper Plies was photographed in a t-shirt with ‘P***Y A** CRACKER’ surrounding a photo of Zimmerman, using a lyric from one of his songs about a judge who gives large sentences to black defendants.
Other t-shirts chose to stick to the facts of the case, saying that the teen only had a pack of Skittles and a bottle of iced tea on him at the time of the altercation.
Some, including former NAACP leader C. L. Bryant, feel that the attention surrounding the case has turned it away from the actual issues at hand and created a circus around the tragic death of a child.
Specifically Reverend Bryant called out Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson for exploiting the case to increase their own profiles.
Ms Fulton’s lawyer, Ms Major Morris, told the Associated Press that the money that will be gathered from the trademark will go to ‘projects that will assist other families who experience similar tragedies’.
She denied that Ms Fulton had any intention of profiting from the move.
The legal team handling the trademarks are completely separate from the firm of Parks and Crump who are representing the family and collecting donations from the public for their legal fees.
Over the weekend, Trayvon’s parents urged supporters to make sure they were not donating to a string of fake sites that claim to be associated with the cause, but instead only give to those at Parks and Crump.
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