Here’s what he had to say about the Trayvon Martin verdict.
Here are some excerps from his impromptu speech:
You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.
There are very few African American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are very few African American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me — at least before I was a senator. There are very few African Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.
You know, there’s something I don’t understand here. I keep seeing these Trayvon supporters on the news saying Zimmerman shouldn’t have gotten out his car, and shouldn’t have followed Trayvon, etc. And these liberal talk show hosts just nod in agreement.
Let’s remember that Martin was in a private apartment complex where there were several burglaries by youths resembling Martin, and Zimmerman was the volunteer neighborhood watch captain. So it was his job to ask Martin what his business was. Now any normal person would have said “I’m visiting a relative” and that would have been it. But NOOOO! Young Trayvon obviously felt “disrespected” and felt that breaking Zimmerman’s nose and bashing his head into the concrete was a way to avenge his honor.
So being that Obama is a essentially a well dressed, more articulate version of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton combined, he’s naturally going to use his bully pulpit to give us this sob story. Obama could have used his position to encourage his fellow African Americans to work hard, stay in school, stay out of trouble, and not abandon their women. But he chose not to.