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"Racism is too real to be dismissed," said civil rights leader, Jesse Jackson, in a sit-down interview with FOX35 Saturday.

"Maybe it's a perfect storm," he said of the Trayvon Martin tragedy.

"You have a case, a vigilante, him operating outside of a bad law - who kills an unarmed 17-year old kid and then he walks away."

Reverend Jackson told FOX35 he believes the fatal shooting on February 26th was racially motivated.

"Maybe this case is kind of the tipping point that gives us insight into just how hard it is to be black in America."

He says he sees racism around the world every day, it has even affected his three successful sons.

"I have three sons - two lawyers, one a congressman," he said.

"All three have been pat down by policeman, put against a car and humiliated."

He told FOX35 he wants to see George Zimmerman, who admitted to killing Martin, face justice.

Zimmerman has claimed self-defense and remains a free man.

His legal team says he's protected by the stand your ground law.

The civil rights leader says the law needs to be changed.

"The laws encourage vigilantism, they must be removed and beyond that we must revive a ban on assault weapons."

While, thousands around the country are rallying for justice for Trayvon, including the New Black Panther Party, who gathered in Sanford today, Reverend Jackson says he hopes all of them remain peaceful.

"I hope that this focus remains non-violent and discipline because we don't want to shift the attention away from the vigilante violence on Mr. Zimmerman to a reactive vigilantism and violence."

The U.S. Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation into the shooting.

And a Seminole county grand jury is scheduled to meet on April 10th to consider the evidence in the case.

Reverend Jesse Jackson will join Reverend Al Sharpton Monday in another justice for Trayvon rally in Sanford.

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