Skip to comments.Obama: 'Trayvon Martin could have been me, 35 years ago'
Posted on 07/19/2013 12:07:49 PM PDT by Red Steel
President Barack Obama said on Friday that the death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager shot dead in Florida last year, has raised questions about why young African-Americans experience racial profiling.
"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," Obama told reporters at the White House, in his first public remarks after the acquittal by a Florida court of Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman.
and racial profiling, and sought to explain why the African American community was outraged over the case.
"There are very few African American men in this country who havent had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me," Obama said. "And 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."
African Americans see the countrys history of violence and discrimination against blacks as being ignored, he said, "and that all contributes, I think, to a sense that if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, that, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different."
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Obama basically saying Trayvon could have been him when he was younger.
We are deeply saddened that did not come to pass.
The ways of the Lord are sometimes difficult to understand.
If only. Then 2008 wouldn’t have been the death knell for this nation.
Hey now...Moochie can eat fluently in 3 different languages
I love it when he says things like this. It alienates middle-of-the-road types who are prone to thinking that Obama’s not such a bad guy.
You don't have to. I've seen that particular sentiment bandied about all over the place at less polite sites.
Just when you think this potentate can’t sink any further...he does. He is hoping to stir up the riots tomorrow to get the IRS abuse of power off the Sunday shows.
If I were Zimmerman’s attorney I would be filing a massive suit against the federal government right now!
“There are very few African American men in this country who havent had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me,”
Yet, they are so offended by this that they all give beat downs to those evil profilers! OK, gotcha, ya moron.
Specifically, that a disproportionate amount of crime is committed by blacks.
Instead, in Obamaland, the problem is not the crime, but rather the security guard that follows a young black man through a store trying to prevent crime.
What a putz. A race pimp and nothing more.
Obama: ‘Trayvon Martin could have been me, 35 years ago’
Well yes. You both are/were dumb asses.........
“There are very few African American men in this country who havent had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me,” Obama said. “And 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.”
SO, what exactly is the alternative Mr. President. In the face of crime stats that say that black men are more likely to commit violent crime, we should leave the doors unlocked, and act like there isn’t a bigger threat to steal? Women shouldn’t be more nervous, and maybe set those purses on the ground?
Now sure, that will make it more likely based on store statistics that the Store will get robbed blind and lose money, that the motorist will get carjacked, or that the woman will get her purse stolen or raped, but those people can all go to bed, be it at home, the hospital or the morgue at night with a smile on their faces under a big neon sign that says “NOT RACIST”.
Bullcrap. Sorry, but I’m not going to stick my head in the sand like some kind of damned ostrich and pretend like there isn’t a bigger threat there. You bet your ass I’m going to tell my daughter to be more cautious in those situations, and lock my door whenever I feel threatened. Unlike you, I dont get to live in fantasyland...I live in a country where the reality is that black american culture is violent, and embraces violent hip hop culture.
Can we have a do-over????
“He is hoping to stir up the riots tomorrow to get the IRS abuse of power off the Sunday shows.”
You sir, are correct.
You honestly think he is worried about Republicans getting to the bottom of any of his scandals? What color is the sky in your world?
The comedy just writes itself :)
.... The problem with all of this race bating is that the Race Industry has been hiding and covering up any positive information attesting to the real character of Mr. George Zimmerman as opposed by the media fabricated one. The more information that gets out there that makes it to the vacant brains of the so called Low Information useless idiot public out there, the better chance that this incident will be subdued .... because ... let's face it ...... they picked the wrong guy to brand a Rabid Racist!!!
There absolutely needs to be a concerted effort to get the information out to the public even if it means spending a few advertising dollars to do so. There needs to be articles and perhaps viral videos and news specials made that tell the actual truth about Zimmerman!!!
..... For instance, unlike the vapid empty headed braindeads out there ... we all know that Zimmerman mentored under privileged black youth and was involved in the community ..... But, Did you all know .... that the evil George Zimmerman forced the investigation, arrest and discipline of a police Lieutenant's son who beat up a black youth ....... How much does America really know about George Zimmerman?
I know, right? Could not have been me, either. Or my kids. Seemingly we were all too busy going to school and work at Trayvon’s age. We stayed out of trouble and held part-time jobs, already were paying taxes, doing homework, getting good grades, partipating in sports and scouts. Just like Trayvon, right?
He just can’t help being an a-hole, can he... he’s just got to interject himself into a case that’s already been settled.
What an insufferable douchebag...
Jim Crow laws helped black men with their fragile ego...in a round about way
It seems to me that stores just for whites wold never put a poor emotional fragile black man in a “being followed” scenario.... Hopefully the blacks will boycott these EVIL white stores!!!!!!
Remove the possibly of being in a store with white people “looking at you”!!!
Also have elevators segreated, the all white elevators will keep separate paranoid white white women from the emotionally fragile black man with hurt feelings...
Maybe the blacks will boycott elevators!!!
Lucky Florida, I was to happy to hear that the blacks have plans to go elsewhere...like California!