Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama called on Sunday for "calm reflection" following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
The president, in a statement, acknowledged an emotionally charged climate but concluded that "we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken."
America will look back on the death of Trayvon Martin and any support for the verdict the same way we look at legalized lynchings, Jim Crow Laws, segregation, and slavery--with shame and embarrassment.
This nation remains unjust and broken from Jamestown onward.
Obama doesn't think to honor a US ambassador when he is killed, he doesn't seem to honor each soldier killed in war, but he wants to honor TM. No wonder he said if he had a son, it would look just like TM. Can't a president just stay out of this and let the courts decide? What a pathetic human being.
"That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin."...since when do we honor wanna be thugs?
Seriously this is the Presidents response? After saying he would have a son like Trayvon? A son that used illegal drugs, hyped up pictures of stolen jewelry and nude underage girls all while flashing a pistol around like a thug? Why...oh why would we ever honor TM? We should be honoring GZ for standing his ground and trying to make his neighborhood a better place. Incredible... All this has done is shown how disgusting the news media is at making this a racial trial instead of what it actually was.
"doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence." You tried that by taking our guns, remember? We, then, politically handed you your heads. I wouldn't try it again. You'll lose more seats.
The only person responsible for Treyvon's death was Treyvon Martin. The courts got it right. The jury got it right. A mans life was saved with a gun. Period!
No mention of the innocent guy whose life was ruined because he was sucker punched and beaten by a gangsta wannabe.
Why don't you look at states with the lowest gun violence and try to do what they do?
Charity begins at home. Deal with Chicago first.
How about if we are doing enough with just violence, Mr. President? Can we get off this merry-go-round with guns tied to violence. The use of force is what is really tried in the courts and if that use of force was justified. It wouldn't matter if a person killed someone with a gun, tire iron, or a can of soup. All that matters in the end if excessive force was used by the courts or not!
What if Zim hadn't had the gun? Would he have been beaten to death? Gun or no gun, people are still going to die from violence. Its my constitutional right to self-preservation, as is Zims. Overwhelming evidence suggests that he exercised that right and now he's paying the price for it. This country is lost.
Using the term GUN VIOLENCE after a Jury has found him NOT GUILTY. I'm ASHAMED of you Mr. President!
Ok, so it is back to the golf links for Obama. This guy is a clown in a suit, not an empty suit.
What a racist president we have!
Less than a year ago a teenager killed a 13 months old baby with a gun, execution style.
The president has not made any public comment about it.
Guess what: the baby is white, the teenager is black.
What? Do I understand his words right? I think he's making Trayvon Martin a martyr: "That's the way to honor Trayvon Martin." What a guy this President is! He'll do anything for politics, even if it means dividing this nation more than he already has.
This President Barack Obama , our president , "the president of the greatest nation on earth".
this is a move by the federal government to motivate race wars between Latino and African Americans it need to stop now i bet the Aaron hernadez trial will get as much media attention and this tragedy, when is peace a topic?
And any day you would dare to go head to head with an American Citizen in a verbal discussion who pays taxes call me and we will go live on TV. I dare you.
For America? I stopped reading at the 3rd sentence. Obama, I really had high hopes for your presidency..
This is not helpful on the part of the President. Spinning the trial verdict as if it was some part of a larger story concerning "gun violence" smacks of opportunism and will potentially blow up in his face. If the utter tragedy at Newtown didn't make the case he sought on gun violence, this very controversial and arguably justified case of gun "violence" has little hope of changing minds or making policy. Stirring up race-inflamed passions and making common cause with scoundrels like Al Sharpton only makes people more likely to fear for their safety and for the loss of public order. That's not likely a winning plan to make a population give up their guns, if that is the plan.
Well played, Mr. President!
Why would I want to honor Traction Martin? If things had gone his way Zimmerman would have been dead and one more black man would be in jail.
Obama once again makes a divisive speech when the country needs a leader to bring us together. He wants to zero in on gun violence and not the issues of drugs and violence in his own race, that would lead Trayvon to think it's ok to try to beat a man to death. There are lots of people to honor, but I'll skip the parade for him.
Really? The jury has spoken so we are to honor and remember a thug? The prosecutorial misconduct has not even been brought to light yet. When it comes out that the prosecutor hid and destroyed evidence are we still going to mourn for Trayvon?