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

Via Sara Crolick
on Jul 19, 2013
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“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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Sara Crolick is whiskey in a teacup. She loves elephants, vegetables, vintage typewriters, Audrey Hepburn and the written word, but not necessarily in that order. She raises two inspiring boys with her mister, who is a bona fide music-maker; this works out nicely, as she happens to also love music. You can connect with her via her site, Conversations with a Human Heart, her author page on Facebook and on Twitter, too.


2 Responses to “President Obama Weighs in on Trayvon Martin Outcome, Racism & Stand Your Ground. {Video}”

  1. Linda V. Lewis says:

    This was great–so heart-felt. One had the feeling that Obama was contemplating the tragedy out-loud, voicing his contemplations. I agree that law enforcement in North America (including Canada!) could benefit from education re: racial bias. Then blacks, Hispanics, First Nations, might have more confidence in law enforcement.
    Although the "stand yr. ground" defense was evidently not used in the case, the fact that so many states have it on their books is a problem leading to vigilantism. Anyone armed should not have the right to use a gun if able to exit peacefully.
    First Nation, Hispanic, and African-American boys and girls, all could benefit from programs that help them feel a part of North American society. They do need to see pathways to success, rather than out of frustration go the way of gangs, drugs, and violence. Business leaders, celebrities, clergy, etc. can all contribute toward making the USA and Canada a post-racial society, but it would help if the federal governments took more initiatives towards this vision.

  2. Jack kelle says:

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