July 19, 2013

President Obama Speaks on Trayvon Martin

 

"There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. And there are very few African-American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me, at least before I was a senator. There are very few African-Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.

 No prior U.S. President could ever say or relate to the non-white views of the trial outcome. I'm glad Obama decided to say something. It's more of a personal statement, than a speech. Probably Obama's most direct address of race since his 'A More Perfect Union' in Philadelphia as a Senator in 2008.

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