The mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and Mike Brown all sat down on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 last night (Dec. 12) as they grieve the loss of their sons to racially-charged violence. Discussing the implications behind the scenarios of their son’s deaths and the likelihood that they would all still be alive if they were white men, Sybrina Fulton, Gwen Carr, Samaria Rice and Lesley McSpadden also pointed to the deaths of Martin, Garner, Rice and Brown as a matter of human rights.
“It seems our kids are getting younger and younger,” Fulton, Martin’s mother said. “They’re killing them younger and younger. There is no regard anymore for human life. There has to be somewhere where we draw the line and say, ‘Listen, our kids want to grow up, too.'”
While the death of Eric Garner – and non-indictment of the NYPD officer responsible – is the latest focal point of rallies and protests around the country, his mother remains assured that her son would still be alive under other circumstances.
“If Eric Garner was a white man in Suffolk County doing the same thing that he was doing — even if he would have been caught selling cigarettes that day — they would have given him a summons and he wouldn’t have lost his life that day,” she said. “I believe that 100 percent.”
Watch clips from the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and Mike Brown sit down with Anderson Cooper above and below: