Rev. Jackson: ‘Trayvon Martin Has Resurrection Beyond The Grave’

SANFORD, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) —  Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. compared Trayvon Martin to Jesus Christ as he took to Twitter Wednesday on the two-year anniversary of the teen’s death to call for states to eliminate its “stand your ground” laws.

“Trayvon Martin has resurrection beyond the grave,” Jackson said on Twitter Wednesday. “Today marks the two-year anniversary of his death.” He ended the post with the hashtag “put down stand your ground.”

Jackson was criticized for still trying to score political points off Martin’s death and for the resurrection comparison to Jesus.

“Trayvon Martin is not Jesus, “Reverend,” Twitter user Savannah said.

Jeremy Randall Piper tweeted: “Seriously? (Stand your ground) wasn’t even argued in the Zimmerman case. Why do you keep bringing it up?”

Jackson even tweeted back at some of his critics, thanking them for following him and voicing their opinion.

The 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Martin in Sanford, Fla., sparked a nationwide debate about race and self-defense. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer at the time, was accused of racially profiling Martin and said he shot the teen to protect himself. Martin was unarmed. Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder last summer.

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