VIDEO: Obama Speaks on Trayvon Martin, Describes Being Racially Profiled

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  • WASHINGTON (AP) — Looking for positive lessons to draw from the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, President Barack Obama said Friday the nation needs to do some “soul-searching,” look for ways to bolster African-American boys and examine state and local laws to see if they encourage confrontations like the one in Florida.

    “Where do we take this?” Obama wondered aloud in an impromptu appearance in the White House briefing room. “How do we learn some lessons from this and move in a positive direction?”

    The president said it’s time “for all of us to some soul searching,” but he also said it’s generally not productive when politicians try to orchestrate a conversation.

    On the positive side, he said race relations in the United States actually are getting better Looking at his own daughters and their interactions with friends, the president said, “They’re better than we are. They’re better than we were.”

    The president declined to wade into the detail of legal questions about the Florida case, saying, “Once the jury’s spoken, that’s how our system works.”

    But he said state and local laws, such as Florida’s “stand your ground” statute, need a close look.

    Obama said it would be useful “to examine some state and local laws to see if they are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kinds of confrontation” that led to Martin’s death. He questioned whether a law that sends the message that someone who is armed “has the right to use those firearms even if there is a way for them to exit from a situation” really promotes the peace and security that people want.

    And he raised the question of whether Martin himself, if he had been armed, “could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk” and shot neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman if he felt threatened when being followed.

    Obama’s appearance marked his first extended comments on the Martin case since Zimmerman was acquitted last weekend of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in Martin’s death last year. Jurors found that Zimmerman was acting in self-defense when he shot the unarmed black teenager. Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic.

    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has said the Justice Department has an open investigation into the case. The department is looking into whether Zimmerman violated Martin’s civil rights.

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    10 thoughts on “VIDEO: Obama Speaks on Trayvon Martin, Describes Being Racially Profiled

    1. Boycott all White Businesses!!! Stop giving the white people your hard earned money… They love their money, so we must take it away by Boycott… We give white people the power by giving them our hard earned money… “Take the Money away and they will lose their power”.

      • “Boycott all white business” and do what, hunt for and grow your own food? Make your own clothes? Does your definition of “white” include Hispanics? In the hoods I’m familiar with the businesses there are owned and run by Vietnamese, Middle Easterners and Indians, maybe a few old Italians. If you do business with black owned businesses only, that’s a great idea. In fact, that’s part of the cure for the problems for the black community because maybe it could help turn the hoods around. Make your kids go get jobs at these black businesses too. I support your idea if it means doing business with black owned business. But you don’t need the excuse of racism or your own hatred of white people, you should support black owned businesses 24/7, all the time.

      • Better than that, let her house sit for you, borrow your car, and babysit your children. Let her have custody of your credit card and checkbook with some signed checks too.

    2. It’s little more than a political strategy known as “wag the dog” (look it up). It’s disingenuous political manipulation and orchestrated distraction from significant scandals of Fast and Furious, Holder perjury, IRS scandals, Benghazi, wiretapping of conservative news groups, epic pending trainwreck of 0bamaCare (that’s what it’s author called it), Middle East policy failures (notably Egypt). By comparison it makes Nixon look quaint. Blacks are getting played and so are those on the other side of this issue, which, in the big picture is simply an irrelevant national issue. That’s why the strategy is referred to as “wag the dog”. The country is emotionally invested and the leftist media, willing accomplices, now have something to report for ratings other than all of the aforementioned scandals and blunders. White people are not killing blacks. 93% of blacks are murdered by blacks and 14% of whites are murdered by blacks. Blacks murder twice as many whites as whites (Hispanic included) murder blacks. Too many “low information voters” and useful idiots, white and black. At this Democrat trajectory America will be a big Detroit, a model of Democrat leadership since 1962, which was the last time Detroit had a conservative mayor. You’ve been hustled.

    3. Well ..It was damn If he say something Damn If he don’t. I appreciate him talking without his teleprompter and talking from his heart.

      Thanks Obama

    4. You can tell the Trayvon case and verdict is weighing HEAVY on his heart. This is not some prepared, political speech. This is President Obama speaking not as a president, but as a BLACK MAN living in white Amerikka. For some reason, it also seemed a little eerie to me. When I listened to him, it had the same tone and deep meaning like Martin Luther King’s last speech. Almost like…” I don’t care what the repercussions are, I have to say this.” I hope I am wrong…

    5. I was gratified to hear our President not only speak directly to the family of Trayvon Martin (Something that frankly not many in the justice system have done throughout this ordeal.) but to hear him acknowledge the issues of profiling that he himself faced in the past. I think most of us truly wish things were more equal and fair but what we will not do is ignore ignorance and unjustified hatred of ourselves and our children by people to whom we have done only other that exist on this earth.

      The President mentioned having seen and heard people lock their car doors as he passed by, well my daughters and I have had that happen to us. So now we play a game when we are driving along. From time to time when we pull up next to a white person (s) look over quickly then lock the doors. I can not tell you how many times they have responded in shock that we felt the need to lock the door and look away. We just give them a taste of their own medicine. I know it’s not right but it sure makes the point…

      • You are teaching your children racism and to hate whites? Great job. My children don’t distinguish by race, they identify people as people. They don’t fear black people and neither do I, though the facts are that we have twice the reason to fear being murdered by a black person as you and your children do of whites. I don’t teach my children to ridicule and “get even” with blacks as you teach yours with regards to whites. It may be that the chip the race hustlas like Sharpton, etc., put on your shoulder and your own paranoia and racism are creating your problems which you now pass on to your children. Would a great man, such as Rev. King, approve of your teaching methods?

    6. I’m grateful that I was raised around diverse thinkers and shakers. I was born in a total different culture, that was very open minded and thought outside the box. Other cultures come clear across the oceans and adapt, and America’s stay stuck in a narrow box. I’ve been from one side of the US to the other and some will not catch up with the time. Time stands still for no one. I meet this person from Africa, well educated and he posed a thought to me, if we all were in a room without any lights we would relate to one with similar beliefs, educational back rounds, etc. I believe we limit our kids with small petty thoughts, they desire to dream, dream and dream BIG…

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