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:

Many others, however, voiced opposition

And more offered their own takes on what the speech meant


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soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Sharr

    Racist-in-Chief ~ Blovating to take our thoughts and minds off of all of his scandals.
    Donald Young, Bill Gwaltney, Fake Social Security Number that failed e-verify, Benghazi, FBI, IRS, AP,
    Fast and Furious!!
    I would also llike to correct him. NO – YOUR CHILDREN ARE NOT BETTER THAN MINE. DISGUSTING USE OF HIS KIDS ONCE AGAIN. DISGUSTING.

    July 19, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Robert S from NY

    And who injected race?

    -"Creepy a– cracka" comment
    -Rachel Jeantel admitting frequent use of the N word..oh yeah, I forgot, it's ok because an "A" is at the end
    -Rachel Jeantel saying "those white people" on the jury, and calling all blonde women (who are usually white) "dumb"
    And don't forget that to her, slamming one's head on concrete is just called an "a– whoopin"
    O'Mara was right, "for the prosecution to say that (concrete) cannot cause serious bodily injury is disgusting."

    July 19, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    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.
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    Drug use was not evidence at the trial. Do you know why the defense team did not talk abouit TM's blood toxicology report? Because it would have opened the door for the prosecution to introduce evidence GZ's past drug prescriptions, and most importantly why they were prescribed.

    July 19, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Aces Full, Mike

    Did Obama also hit a school bus driver, have gold grills and get suspended 3 times from school for fighting?

    July 19, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. serenity now dch

    Obama is trying to help people understand what it is like and why people are sensitive. Conservatives hear this and are calling for a race war and inflamed racial tensions... the old, how dare you call me a racist.. and yes Trayvon was a gangster and we are better off, people. People are beyond ridiculous and yes, we all know that despite your protests you are very racist.. clearly just looking at all the conservatives who jumped up and down cause they proved that killing a black teenager, who committed no crime, was justified. It's a very sad state of affairs.

    Keep talking about how oppressed white males are and your racist views on this and immigration. That is how you will continue to lose elections and become EVEN more Irrelevant.

    July 19, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Dean

    Racist statement from an arrogant person...who's surprised?

    July 19, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. TK

    it does not take much of a guess that most people that do not agree with President Obama comments on race are white/republicans on the other hand if he was castigating black people those same people would be applauding him

    July 19, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. Sharr

    Yes, you are exaggerating.
    We should not listen to you – we should be looking as a country at ALL OF YOUR SCANDALS.
    Stop trying to divert our attention.
    HAVE YOU EVER ONCE SINCE YOU IN DC – STEPPED OUTSIDE OF THE WH AND HELPED A BLACK MAN, CHILD, WOMAN, FAMILY, CHURCH????????
    HAVE YOU EVER SET THE TONE?
    HAVE YOU EVER SET THE BAR FOR OTHERS TO FOLLOW??????
    NO – YOU GOLF. YOU PUT UP BIG FENCES AND PLAY B-BALL AND GO ON EXPENSIVE VACATIONS.
    DISGUSTING. NO EXAMPLE AT ALL AND YOU KNOW IT.

    July 19, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. betterdays

    Hope you enjoyed the not-so-unbiased speech, because that's the end of it. There will be no civil rights charges filed.

    It's over, except for the grieving parents who trademarked the deceased's name and probably have at least one more trip to court in mind.

    July 19, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. Sharr

    Once again – PLEASE, PLEASE, stop saying folks.

    July 19, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. Sniffit

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

    The GOP/Teatrolls hivemind hasn't exited shocked white-race-resentment tantrum mode since November 4, 2008.

    July 19, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. Shelia

    The great divider! Obama ran around selling drugs and assaulting people 35 years ago? This is coming down to them saying people have no right to self defense............Pay no attention to failing Detroit, IRS, Benghazi, fast and furious.

    July 19, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "We should not listen to you – we should be looking as a country at ALL OF YOUR SCANDALS."

    Name one that hasn't fallen apart and manage to do so without sounding like a delusional, tinfoil hatted conspiracy theorist. Go ahead. We'll wait right here.

    July 19, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  14. donna 1963

    If America is so racist please explain how you were able to get elected to the Presidency.

    July 19, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. Peter Dybing

    The President of the United States stands at the most influential bully pulpit in the world. Today we witnessed one of the most important statements in presidential history, truth, authenticity and self disclosure combined to manifest real change. It is a great day for our nation.

    July 19, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. Shelia

    Pay close attention Hispanics

    July 19, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "And don't forget that to her, slamming one's head on concrete is just called an "a– whoopin"

    And don't forget that to you, the medical examiner's testimony that showed the abrasions on the back of Zimmerman's head were superficial and not at all consistent with his testimony is still evidence that he had his head "slammed on concrete." Why is that? Hmmm? Why is the medical examiner's testimony just simply something to be ignored for you? Wanna explain why and defend it? Is it because you just don't like that it contradicts what you'd rather believe because you've conjured a cartoon in your head to not only excuse Zimmerman's actions but to go so far as to construct a story as to why Martin actually DESERVED to be shot? Hmmm?

    July 19, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  18. chilly g

    I agreed with everything the president said and everything he said has happen to me just because im a black
    american not african amreican because i never been to africa and neigh has my parente

    July 19, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. TheBigT

    Nothing like fueling the fire. Racism ends when racists STOP propragating every little thing they don't like.
    Racism ends when we STOP all the racist organizations like the KKK and the NAACP.
    Travyon Martin was a street punk and picked a fight with someone who had a gun. It is unfortunate that he was shot and killed, but to continue on pursuing this case shows those are stil racist in nature and want nothing but more blood shed. Mrs Martin claimed this was a race issue, but ALL the evidence proved her a liar. STOP now and let it go. Continuing to pursue legal action when a verdict of NOT GUILTY has already been handed down, shows racism is still very much alive and will never end in this country.

    July 19, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. Ann

    Would it be all right if Zimmerman had been convicted wholly because he was Hispanic/white and shot a black and the legal side and facts were completely ignored. I thought racial tension was suppose to be better than comparing to 35 years ago. Was Paul Deen wrong now? I thought we had moved to 2013 and not still in 35 years ago.

    July 19, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. baseball4444

    The profiling is actually on the other foot. President Obama assumes that the reason we lock our doors, follow a black around in a store, and clutch our purses more tightly on an elevator is because we are racist whites. That is profiling whites. He is assuming we are racists because of our cautious behavior. In truth, we would clutch our purses more tightly, lock our doors, and follow someone in our stores if the person is a YOUNG person of any color, whether he be black, white, or polka-dotted. Young males are the common denominator. Not black males.

    July 19, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  22. Rudy

    Can I point out that there was quite the racial divide in the reactions from Mr. Obama's statements? Oh, and I would like to point out that there is a bit of racism in EVERYONE. Or rather, we act upon the stereotypes we learn throughout life. However, we cannot just sit quietly and not mention such things. The more we talk about racism and the like, the more aware everyone will be. And *fingers crossed* we as human beings can learn to pass judgment upon people less readily and try and put forth an effort to UNDERSTAND one another. Then what room will there be for racism, etc? But then again I'm expecting too much from a country where being a white male is the most ideal situation in life.

    July 19, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. Sirned

    Reading the simplistic hate posts just proves why Obama needed to give this speech. Unfortunately the people needing to listen with an open mind to Obamas words probably will not do so...Sad for this country

    July 19, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. Aces Full, Mike

    Blacks and white-guilt liberals think what Obama said is great, everyone else knows it's just his racism showing through.

    July 19, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. rs

    Sharr

    Racist-in-Chief ~ Blovating to take our thoughts and minds off of all of his scandals.
    Donald Young, Bill Gwaltney, Fake Social Security Number that failed e-verify, Benghazi, FBI, IRS, AP,
    Fast and Furious!!
    I would also llike to correct him. NO – YOUR CHILDREN ARE NOT BETTER THAN MINE. DISGUSTING USE OF HIS KIDS ONCE AGAIN. DISGUSTING
    ________________________________
    You are foolish, uninformed, AND racist.

    July 19, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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