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President Obama: Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me


Society & Culture  (tags: rights, americans, humans )

Mamabear
- 271 days ago - whitehouse.gov
This afternoon, President Obama spoke from the White House Press Briefing Room about Trayvon Martin and the verdict of the court trial that followed the Florida teenager's death. Read the President's remarks here, or watch here.



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AntiTeapublican Progressive News (89)
Friday July 19, 2013, 1:28 pm
That was an awesome speech. I posted it at several other sites around the net...
 

Allan Yorkowitz (458)
Friday July 19, 2013, 1:32 pm
I had to stop this when Obama said if the victim were white, the outcome would have been different- tell this to the parents of Ron Goldman.
 

janice b. (3)
Friday July 19, 2013, 2:05 pm
Maybe Trayvon's jury was afraid of NRA or were selected from the conservative sites in Florida who last year heard Zimmerman on Fox TV the conservative news station and decided he should get "the get out of jail free" card. .
If you claim "stand your ground" as the reason you shot someone, what happens to you can depend less on the merits of the case than on who you are, whom you kill and where your case is decided.
Is our jury system the best in the world.....not nearly. Plenty of people have been put in prison only to find sometimes years later they are innocent due to DNA or some other arrest for the same crime.




 

mamabear claw (46)
Friday July 19, 2013, 2:35 pm
I agree Anti Teapublian. As always the the right say Obama is trying cause problems, If the republian/teaparty don't start changing their ways people are going to more angry they will left out and we be just (republican/teaparty)who? Oh the racist right no one will care
 

janice b. (3)
Friday July 19, 2013, 2:48 pm
Thanks mama---I shall refer to myself proudly as the anti-teapublican from now on.
 

Alan Lambert (85)
Friday July 19, 2013, 3:01 pm
This President is the perfect person to morph the outrage over the Trayvon Martin verdict into progress against racism generally and I believe this speech, contrary to the belief of the TeaBullies who've already condemned it is an admirable start. I also agree with (and I can't believe I'm saying this) Rand Paul that this also presents an opportunity to move forward on drug decriminalization, especially marijuana.

This speech was a personal triumph and makes him the most eloquent President since JFK, if you count written speeches and probably since Lincoln on an extemporaneous basis.

By the way, Allan, if OJ weren't rich enough to afford the best defense attorneys available, he would have been convicted the first time. That was one of those situations where money trumped race.
 
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