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July 19, 2013

President Obama Weighs in on Trayvon Martin Outcome, Racism & Stand Your Ground. {Video}

Update:

“If you read the full scope of his comments, the President actually sympathizes with all parties. Its long but quite eloquent. And rather than dividing those with differing opinions, he strives to find common ground.” Washington Post – Full Transcripts

“I thought he sounded realistic, informed, and sympathetic to the many lived experiences in this country; the most articulate I’ve heard a president speak on race.

…and yes I watched the entire speech not just clips on Sean Hannity or whatever.”

President Obama surprised the public by commenting on the outcome of the Trayvon Martin case, Stand Your Ground laws and racism at a press briefing today.

Delving into the delicate discussion of racism surrounding the case, President Obama commented:

“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. 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.”

Watch the full statement here:

 

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