Roundup: Reaction to Obama's remarks on Trayvon Martin case
July 19th, 2013
03:06 PM ET
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Roundup: Reaction to Obama's remarks on Trayvon Martin case

(CNN) - After President Barack Obama delivered lengthy remarks Friday on the Trayvon Martin case, many turned to Twitter to offer reaction.

Many heralded the speech as a monumental moment in Obama's presidency:

https://twitter.com/RTMcNeely/status/358284239847952384

Many others, however, voiced opposition

https://twitter.com/sheryl2311/status/358297141816463360

And more offered their own takes on what the speech meant


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soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. varedhead

    Ok from reading Obama's own story from his own mouth – wasn't he raised by white Grandparents & hanging around white people. The latest pictures to come out show him with white girls. If he was Trayvon 35 years ago it's because he has shown us his pot smoking pictures & Trayvon also smoked pot according to the toxicology reports. Also since when is a Peruvian Hispanic guy white? One more item I could care less whether Stand Your Ground goes away – it was never used as the defense for the Zimmerman Trial. Self Defense was. Aren't we being profiled as white people for being racist?

    July 19, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Obama just demonstrated, he is as bad a racist, as the absolute worst of the KKK!

    July 19, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. Ed1

    Thank you again for the sorry job you are doing why can't you focus on healing this once Great Country and not dividing it like you and your party seem to do very well along with the press.

    July 19, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. "An American tradgedy"...

    Lets say: "Obama is not "Nelson Mandela" the man beloved by all races around the world by calling for truth and reconcilialtion after the end of South Africa's dark history...!

    July 19, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. Jason

    The Democrats are still the racist party i see. They call black Republicans uncle toms

    July 19, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. simplyput

    Well THIS cracka' is really loving the double standards! From language to justice, just like it was for white bigots over the last 100 years. Love that hope and change.

    July 19, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. Joi Gibson

    @Rick McDaniel
    Obama just demonstrated, he is as bad a racist, as the absolute worst of the KKK!
    ----------------------------------
    Your hyperbole is off the charts.

    And by the way, I believe stand your ground was part of the jury instructions and that Juror B37 said that it was considered so it is disingenuous for anyone to say stand your ground had no part in the verdict. There are some who will not like what the president said – so be it – but there is truth to what he said and it deserves thought and consideration and not knee-jerk reactions calling him a racist. Calling the President a racist is probably one of the most idiotic statements I have ever heard and there have been some doozies about him.

    I must say, @AdamSerwer, that is classic :-)

    July 19, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. dave

    I don't remember in our history a president getting so involved in one case and I think it's outrageous! Let the legal system do it's work and let politicians steal from the public. ENOUGH!

    July 19, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. rastaman44

    Some racist fools in the blogshere thought that the not guilty verdict for GZ would keep Obama from commenting on the tragic death of Trayvon and what is represents to the AA community. No one stops Obama!!!

    LOL

    July 19, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Jason

    Is it profiling to call black republicans uncle toms

    July 19, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. rastaman44

    Some of th racist fools in the blogsphere thought that Obama would be cowed from speaking on racial matters by the not gulty verdictt handed out to GZ in Fl. Not likely. No one stops Obama!!!LOL

    July 19, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    I see there are still loads of people who can't handle talking honestly about difficult subjects. For a group that goes on and on about how "exceptional" they are, righties sure are a whiny bunch.

    July 19, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. Vonda

    The very thought that 'Twitter' has any influence on anything is laughable. If I was that upset about something, I'd be out collecting signatures to change the law, not sitting behind my smartphone misspelling my rants. (yeah, I'm sitting behind a PC now...but you get my point. :)

    July 19, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    @Jason: "The Democrats are still the racist party i see. They call black Republicans uncle toms"

    Because the President is honestly talking about race? I guess you prefer the kind of president who wages two wages and passes Medicare Part D and hides the cost from the American people ...

    July 19, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. Jerry D

    Shameful for the president to bring the power of his office into this matter. His statements continue to imply that the jury verdict is not to be respected, which is a shameful thing to say from the nation's top law enforcement official. He should be striving to heal the country, not fan the flames of racial divide.

    July 19, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    @Ed1: "Thank you again for the sorry job you are doing why can't you focus on healing this once Great Country and not dividing it like you and your party seem to do very well along with the press."

    Again with the inability to face up to the challenges facing our country! You righties just want to plug your ears and pretend everything is OK.

    What a lazy group of dweebs you are!

    July 19, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  17. Godabed

    @varedhead your ignorance on this subject is amazing, it doesn't matter if you are raise by whites, it's how others perceive you. It doesn't matter if you are an honor roll student, or have never been in trouble with the law. People will stereotype you regardless. Obama highlighted just some of his own experiences but there have been the same shared experiences by other very high profile positive African Americans such as Michael Steele, Val Nicholas. This is a subject majority of minorities can relate to.

    Also in the history of drugs, there has never been a case that has actually proved that Weed makes someone violent, EVER. So bringing up because there is a negative stigma is ridiculous. Alcohol and cigarettes are legal are also known to affect moods in a negative way and are responsible for more deaths then weed. get your facts straight please.

    July 19, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. Sheila

    He should stay out of it – because of his reaction when the whole thing happened, it is worse. How about the two black teens who shot the white baby right in the face because his mother had no money? How about the four blacks who beat a white guy to death? How about Chicago where blacks kill blacks at a terrible rate?

    July 19, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    My reaction: Speaking TRUTH to the light.

    July 19, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    "wasn't he raised by white Grandparents & hanging around white people."

    Yes, he was, and he was born and raised for most of his life in Hawaii, which is ethnically diverse.

    I think that's what throws Obama-haters the most about our President: He doesn't fit into their stereotypes about blacks and it BLOWS THEIR MINDS.

    July 19, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "Obama just demonstrated, he is as bad a racist, as the absolute worst of the KKK!"

    Please provide a rational, cogent, fact-based analysis and argument as to why anything or even everything in what Obama said today is even remotely racist, hateful, bigoted or as bad as burning crosses, beating people in the streets, tying people to car bumpers and dragging them down dirt roads or lynching them for sitting at a lunch counter. Unless and until you can do that, YOU are the racist.

    July 19, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. Lars

    Obama just elevated himself to fellow race hustlers Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

    July 19, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. gee

    Still looks and reads like many just can't accept that the President is not a WASP.

    July 19, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    @Jason: "The Democrats are still the racist party i see."

    What an utterly shallow understanding of history; bet you heard Hannity or Limbaugh say it, right?. All the racist Dems switched to the Repub party when the GOP became the standard bearer for racism.

    Jason, when will you ever get tired of being dim?

    July 19, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. Gary Osburn

    If you are ugly, it is hard to look in a mirror. America and our record of racism is ugly. When the President holds up a mirror, it is hard to look. Thank you, Mr. President for having the courage to hold up that mirror. But remember this is more than black and white. Native Americans suffered unspeakable atrocities. Mexican Americans, many of whom lived in America's southwest before there was an America. Almost every group who are different are very often victims of racism. If Trayvon's death wakes us up to the fact that we are ugly, and we can do something about it, then maybe he did not die in vain.

    My heritage is mixed Native American and English. My brother looked "Indian", I look white. On his 18th birthday, we went into a bar so he could have his first beer. The bartender refused to serve him because he was "Indian", but served me even though I was under-age. We have the same parents, we are full brothers. He suffered discrimination, I only witnessed it. He was a stronger man, he took it. I cried. Not for me, nor him. I cried for America.

    July 19, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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