AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker told the Daily Caller that “conservative, right-wing policies” are to blame for Trayvon Martin‘s death.
“The same folks who want to kill workers’ rights in the work place are the same folks who want to kill voters’ votes … and now they are literally supporting legislation that is literally killing our children.”
Baker told TheDC that conservative policies, like Florida’s “stand your ground” law — which states that an individual has the right to defend himself if he feels that his life is in imminent danger — are to blame.
Martin, a black teenager, was allegedly shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a Democrat and self-identified Hispanic, on Feb. 26, 2012 in Sanford, Fla.
Zimmerman has yet to be arrested or charged with a crime. This has created an uproar in the small Florida town and throughout the country.
Baker is not the first to blame conservatives and the policies they support for Martin’s death.
“[Republican politicians] reinforce and validate old stereotypes that associate the poor and welfare as criminal behavior with African-Americans and people of color, calling us lazy, undeserving recipients of public assistance. In the case of Trayvon, those festering stereotypes had lethal consequences,” said MSNBC political analyst and Democratic fundraiser Karen Finney.