“Trayvon could have been me..uh…thirty-five years ago,” Obama said Friday after having said last year that if he had a son, “he’d look like Trayvon.”
In today’s speech, the president explained that the Zimmerman-Martin case isn’t about race but he used the case to discuss the racial overtones the case has taken on in an effort to make people understand why African-Americans feel as they do.
Obama talked about black men being profiled, including himself.
I know that does happen, even here in allegedly liberal New York.
A former Assistant Superintendent I worked with – who is black – was on his way to the office from another building when his car was stopped by the police. He was traveling with another Assistant Superintendent who is white. The cops said his car matched that of a robbery suspect. They frisked the black Assistant Superintendent but not his white passenger. When he got back to the office, he said, “It’s okay, I’m used to it.”
No one should ever have to get used to that. Blacks shouldn’t be afraid simply because they are black just as Zimmerman shouldn’t be subjected to media lies because he is half-white.
Zimmerman is said to have profiled Martin because of his attire and demeanor, not because of the color of his skin.
The president added that blacks have to address the violence in their communities.
The President of the United States is injecting himself into this case and using it to discuss racial profiling though there was no evidence of racial profiling in this case. Is this the time for this conversation? Is this fair to George Zimmerman?
There will be over 100 protests this weekend orchestrated by Al “Tawana Brawley” Sharpton. Will the protesters get the right message from the president’s statement? Some will but how many?
Ever the politician, Obama also used this opportunity to complain about “Stand Your Ground” laws even though they did NOT apply in the Zimmerman case. From the beginning, the media at least, looked to this case to stir racial tensions and increase the sense that there is a need for more gun control. The media did not care about the reality of the situation. They were looking for a shooting that they could use to send their message at the height of the gun control debate.
The media has behaved despicably in this case. It is hard to imagine that they didn’t do so, to some degree, with the tacit blessing of the White House.
President Obama confirmed that the trial was professional and the jury has spoken.
The Congressional Black Caucus is meeting with the DOJ on the Zimmerman case Friday as they continue the witch hunt.