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In some of his most extensive comments on U.S. race relations since entering the White House, President Obama on Friday gave a very personal perspective of the shooting of 17-year-old African-American Trayvon Martin and the subsequent trial of George Zimmerman, offering an explanation for why the case has created so much anxiety within the African-American community.
"When Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said this could've been my son. Another way of saying that is, Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago," Mr. Obama said in an unexpected appearance in the White House briefing room, where reporters were gathered to question White House spokesman Jay Carney. (Watch his full remarks in the video above)

"When you think about why in the African-American community, at least, there's a lot of pain around what happened here, it's important to recognize the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and history that doesn't go away."
After a Florida jury on Saturday acquitted Zimmerman of murder, Mr. Obama gave a decidedly muted response, noting that the Justice Department was reviewing the case. Some civil rights leaders called for more action from the administration of the nation's first African-American president.





The president on Friday laid out a series of actions the government could take to help ease racial tensions at the community level, as well as foster a better environment for African-American boys. He also spoke about the sort of negative experiences that are common for young African-American men -- some of which he said he has personally experienced -- that have prompted the passionate reactions to the Zimmerman verdict.

"There are very few African-American men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed when they were shopping at a department store, and that includes me," he said. He spoke about hearing the locks click on car doors while crossing the street -- something Mr. Obama said he experienced before he was senator -- or seeing a woman nervously clutch her purse while in an elevator with an African-American man.
"I don't want to exaggerate this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African-American community interprets what happened one night in Florida. It's inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear."
Mr. Obama said that government at all levels could help ease race relations by working with local law enforcement to create racial sensitivity training programs and best practices. As a state senator in Illinois, Mr. Obama helped pass racial profiling legislation that required training for officers on racial bias issues. He said that while police departments were initially resistant, it allowed them to build more trust with their communities.
Next, Mr. Obama said, "I think it'd be useful for us to examine some state and local laws to see if they are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kind of altercations and tragedies" that occurred in the Trayvon Martin case






The president acknowledged that Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law was not part of Zimmerman's defense. Nevertheless, Mr. Obama said that kind of law does not necessarily send a positive message.
"If we're sending a message in our societies ... that someone who is armed potentially has the right to use those firearms even if there is a way for them to exit from the situation, is that really going to be contributing to the peace and order?" he asked. "For those who resist that idea, I'd just ask people to consider if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? Do we actually think he would've been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman because he followed him in a car?"
Mr. Obama also said the nation should consider how to "bolster and reinforce our African-American boys."
"There are a lot of kids out there who need help, who are getting negative reinforcement," he said, adding there is "more we can do to give them a sense their country cares about them and values them and is willing to invest them."
Mr. Obama added that he is not "naive about the prospects of some new, grand program," but that business leaders, clergy, athletes, celebrities and others could help "young African-American men feel that they're a full part of this society and that they've got pathways and avenues to succeed."
The president said that national dialogues on race are not typically productive because "they end up being stilted and politicized," but that it's worth having conversations among families or churches.
Finally, he said the nation shouldn't lose sight of its progress on issues of race and equality.
"When I talk to Malia and Sasha, and I listen to their friends and I see them interact, they're better than we are," he said. "That's true of every community that I've visited all across the country."



...whatever... stupid ******. What the **** have we rescinded to in this country?
 

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I just got to say the reaction of people are for a reason not just because of the color of their skin. If they did not beat, rob, attack and whatnot no one would look at them any differently than anyone else or have to lock their car doors, or be afraid of them or whatever, it is just facts they act on. So till they clean up their act and learn to be contributing members of society and quit crying "they are picking om me cause I'm black B/S it is going to continue and that piece of crap opuko quits spewing his racist garbage, as President (i use this term loosely) he should not have said anything it is not his place to speak out.
 

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Eric Holder Gun Control Brain Washing and dont waste a tragedy


From this to fast and furious and then Stand Your Ground laws
 

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From Obama's speech. " Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? Do we actually think he would've been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman because he followed him in a car?""


Martin was killed because he was bashing Zimmerman's head against the ground. Martin attacked him. Martin got shot...not because he was being followed, but, because he was doing great harm to his victim. Obama is a lying piece of shit. Liberals have a disgusting set of values.
 

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So in other words, 35 years ago Obama was a tattooed, pot headed, juvenile delinquent. Gotcha! :))THumbsUp
 

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Pastor Manning's take

I love this guy!!! :))THumbsUp

 

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From Obama's speech. " Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? Do we actually think he would've been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman because he followed him in a car?""


Martin was killed because he was bashing Zimmerman's head against the ground. Martin attacked him. Martin got shot...not because he was being followed, but, because he was doing great harm to his victim. Obama is a lying piece of shit. Liberals have a disgusting set of values.
Doesn't fit the narrative.
 

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Well all I have to say is to bad it wasn't Onegro 35 years ago.........We wouldn't be in this position now:(((((( The guy was a friggin thug and got what thugs should get when acting as he did.I am from Southeast La. we had a serious carjacking problem back in the 90's, our Governor then Mike Foster came on tv and said "Put your gun in your car,if someone approaches your car and you THINK they are going to harm you shoot them" Do you know how fast the carjacking rate went down...........IT'S THE ONLY THING A THUG UNDERSTANDS....
 
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African-American my ass. Did he imagrate here from Africa? NO!! He was born here. Makes him a Black American if they need a label. If the "African- Americans" don't like it here, then go back to Africa where they came from and see how they like it there. His blood line has probably been here longer than mine and I'm an American......Rant over.......Tim
 

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African-American my ass. Did he imagrate here from Africa? NO!! He was born here. Makes him a Black American if they need a label. If the "African- Americans" don't like it here, then go back to Africa where they came from and see how they like it there. His blood line has probably been here longer than mine and I'm an American......Rant over.......Tim
Exactly.

I NEVER say or type that ridiculous term.

I ONLY say Black, or White, or Hispanic etc.

Trayvon was born in Miami. Zimmerman was born in Virginia.

I see no attachment to Africa, or Peru.
I'm from Biloxi, my ancestors are from Scotland.
Who gives a fuck besides nobody??
 

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This could've been him:

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This is why I have cut back on coming into this section on PB. Everytime I read or see stuff like this posted my blood pressure goes through the roof. Why is this not getting national news media attention? I was aware of it several weeks back seeing it online but why is it not all over the news and being prosecuted as a hate crime by the DOJ? Oh I forgot, if you are white, you can not be a victim of a hate crime because you are not in a protected class. I just love the way O is catering to his peeps now to try and bring them back into the voting fold for 2014 and beyond. Welfare at all times high. What has he done for the middle class and the black community to help them? We all know the answer. 47% on food stamps now and rising. Buy more ammo guys. The fuse is lit and it is just a matter of time with people like O and Holder pushing the socialist and race agenda.
 
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