Public University To Cough Up $3,500 For ‘Hoodies Up’ Speech From Trayvon Martin Personal Injury Lawyer
Close to four years after George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin in 2012, and over two years after Zimmerman was acquitted in a criminal trial, an attorney for Martin’s family is still cashing in on the case with speaking engagements.
Later this week, on Sept. 10, attorney Jasmine Rand will deliver a lecture entitled “I Am Trayvon Martin: Hoodies Up” at the taxpayer-funded University of Georgia, reports The College Fix.
Rand will receive $3,500 for her speech, a school spokeswoman indicated.
The personal injury lawyer appears to have a standard “Hoodies Up” spiel that involves the “use of the media to further a social justice cause” and her “experience as a professor that encouraged her students to work side by side on her case and launch what became an international movement.”
“From her students lips to President Obama’s ears, upon the announcement of the not guilty verdict, the President of the United States stood by the family and said, ‘I too Am Trayvon,'” Rand’s lecture description also states.
The full description of Rand’s lecture is “I Am Trayvon Martin: Hoodies Up — How One Case Changed a Nation & Ignited the World.”
Rand continues to believe the Florida jury that decided in Zimmerman’s favor reached the wrong verdict. The fight between Zimmerman and Martin that escalated into a fatal shooting was a “human rights” violation, Rand believes.
“If you break down every aspect of the Trayvon Martin case, things that are tangible and things that are intangible, you’re dealing with civil and human rights, and so much of that is not quantifiable in a traditional sense,” the trial lawyer said, according to a glowing UGA Today press release. “So there are certain aspects that have a very real influence on leading a movement and creating social change and changing the law that have nothing to do with black letter law.”
The University of Georgia’s Institute for African American Studies is sponsoring Rand’s lecture.
Rand is a 2004 graduate of the school. She majored in African-American studies and political science.
After Zimmerman was acquitted in his criminal trial, the U.S. Department of Justice eventually announced in February 2015 that it would not seek federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman.
When the Zimmerman criminal trial verdict was announced, a professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania argued that the verdict demonstrated that God is a racist who opposes black people.
“God ain’t good all of the time,” the professor, Anthea Butler, declared. “In fact, sometimes, God is not for us. As a black woman in an [sic] nation that has taken too many pains to remind me that I am not a white man, and am not capable of taking care of my reproductive rights, or my voting rights, I know that this American god ain’t my god.” (RELATED: Irate Ivy League Professor Calls God ‘A White Racist God’ After Zimmerman Verdict)
In April 2015, the University of Georgia hosted a psychology professor, Enrique W. Neblett, Jr., who lectured about his belief that racism causes black college students to gain weight during the first year on campus. (RELATED: Professor: Black College Students Fat Because Of Racism)
And, of course, The Daily Caller obtained Trayvon Martin’s tweets back in 2012. (RELATED: The Daily Caller Obtains Trayvon Martin’s Tweets)