Jamie Foxx has offered lifelong support to Sybrina Fulton, the mother of slain 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
At a recent event to promote his role as Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the triple threat entertainer said he was “disappointed” that George Zimmerman was found not-guilty for Martin’s murder.
“She’s always been courageous in saying this has never been about race. She said it’s about 17-year-old kids. We have to protect our kids. So I stand with her forever,” he said. “There’s something wrong when a 17-year-old child is on his way home and someone with a gun pursues him and he ends up losing his life.”
Foxx, who is known for rocking shirts with Trayvon’s picture, said he’s glad to see support for Martin’s family in Hollywood.
“It was great to see Bruce Springsteen in Ireland dedicate a song to Trayvon,” he said. “I think that’s what really makes it universal in the fact that we know that there’s race involved, but to see all races coming together and saying that ‘Hey, there’s something wrong.’”
He went on the say that Americans need to find a solution for the gun violence “epidemic” in this country.
“When you look at Sandy Hook and Aurora and all these different things where we’re losing our children. Chicago — 67 kids, people killed in a week — we have an epidemic,” he explained. “And it’s up to us as the grown folks to be smart enough and intelligent and nice to each other to have a difference of opinion, but also understand that we have to come to a solution.”
Foxx’s speech came just hours after President Obama delivered his remarks about the case.
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