Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama spoke out publicly on Friday for the first time on the Trayvon Martin case following the acquittal of George Zimmerman last week.
Appearing at the White House, Obama injected a personal perspective on the verdict as well as a legal interpretation of the outcome.
is this serious?
Could have been any of us. Stand Your Ground allows anyone to kill you by simply claiming self defense. NO witnesses means your killer will get his get out of jail free card.
Not a single african american was on that jury. The verdict is tainted like the rest of the case
Just finished watching his comments - a few problems
"we should encourage young black men" - did he see the video of smash gangs running down the streets? We should encourage this smash and grab or outright lawlessness?
"Why is it people lock their doors or clutch their purses when they see a black man" refer to the above lawlessness...
Why are there more blacks in prison – really take a wild guess? why are so many on welfare, Obama care, etc.
Don't get me wrong there are many upstanding, nice and responsible blacks in this world but even in the media when you see a scene of protests with Jesse Jackson, etc. why aren't there any whites other than politicians or law enforcement? Blacks are always crying injustice, remember that is how OJ got away with murder.
Sorry to ramble but seeing this President cater to the black and promising to look at changing local laws is too much!
If you were Zimmerman with a person on top of you, slamming your head on the sidewalk repeatedly in a primarily black area, what would you do.... encourage him, feel sorry for his life situation?
Mr obama knew better then to dress like a gang banger
Here it comes....The moment the President speaks the truth about race relations in America, the GOP / Tea folks will lose their minds "This president is the most divisive figure ever" Forget the fact Civil Rights has only be a part of this country for just about 55 years. Of course years of lynchings, slavery, murders, assinations, racism, inequality stopped immediately thereafter. The GOP/Tea toads have the memories of knats...they can't even remember which party destroyed the economy about 5 and half years ago.... We expect nothing less
Yes mr president keep the American people focused on this issue as long as you can. Don't let them see that your a complete failure at everything you have ever done
Yes our president is right if the travon martin case would have been black on black or black and white their would have been a different out come no doubt
Oh, my... I think the President should have kept his opinion to himself on this one.
You are the president stop dealing in hypotheticals.
Watch what the usual GOP/Tea doodles come up with .... They are hard at work in the Faux news hate "war room" to come up with newest idiot talking points for their mouth breathing supporters.
Geez...way flare up racial tensions and spit on our judicial system. Hey pes.Obama remember O.J. and MJ that could have been my wife or son.
He could also be zimmerman, they are both mixed race. Race has nothing to do with what happened or the jury decision.
Personally, I think the comments by those accusing the president of inciting racial animosity and those insisting on defending Zimmerman do far more to sow racial discord. What the president is doing is called sympathy. No more, no less.
without a doubt, the most dicisive, destructive person ever to occupy the white house. we are now seeing the real obama come out, finally, bit by bit. and none of it looks good. no wonder we are where we are.
Wish it was lol
We have your back sir because we know that there are those will try to obfuscate the deliberateness of your words as they fear the improvement in the progress of the black male in America. They will feign outrage that he spoke out, they will opine that he maligned law enforcement in standing with an innocent, unarmed black teen murdered by a gun toting adult that tracked,trailed,confronted and killed him.
I hope those that secretly seeth that our American Leader spoke out on this topic, in this way. have their own "Guess who is Coming To Dinner" moment. I hope their little princesses fall head-over-heels for the upcoming Baracks, Trayvons, etc. Maybe once their bloodline get a little darker, these people will see the light.
If a white person attacked George Zimmerman and he killed him, this wouldn't have been news.
So he used to eat skittles??
As an Educator to African Americans and Latino males in Miami-Dade County, I felt the President Obama's comments were heartfelt and genuinely spoken. I wish we all will use this tragic incident as a one of life's lesson and begin to raise and educate a generation who are "color-blind" and united as one race, The Human Race!
I agree with the President. I disagree with all of those who say he should stay out of it. It isn't beneath the office of the president to comment on it either. If Zimmerman had been Black and Martin mixed Hispanic and White the question now would be whether or not the jury returned the death penalty or life in prison. Anyone wanting to have a honest conversation knows this to be true.
Why does Obama keep trying to retry Zimmerman in the press?
Wow, I have lost so much respect for the president over this. Obama is a middle aged mixed race male, and he supports the right to bear arms. He has more in common with Zimmerman than Martin, yet he is persecuting Zimmerman for cheap political points. Disgraceful. I'm sure Mr. Obama would shoot someone who was bashing his head on concrete if he had the option to save his own life.