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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4th duplicate post. Let me start the fifth one, I wanna be a hero too!
Must. Not. Say. Or. Type.
I say we chip in and get the President a hoodie. And then invite him to stroll around Chicago.
Meaning you and your choomie buds would assault white folks after getting toked up? Some folks can’t stand those haole punks.
Knock yourself out.
No, really, knock yourself out!
Move over Al and Jessie, there’s a new race whore in town. You’ve been one upped.
Why couldn't he be Trayvon Martin today.
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Obama IS a teenaged-maturity level thug
with the mantel of authority to make him more dangerous.
This tyrant is a grotesque racial demogogue. When will the revolution start?
and the fat imbecile for 35 years ago who couldn’t read was moochelle?
He even had to read this short race-baiting statement off a teleprompter. The SOB couldn’t tell you his name without reading it first.
Don’t want to get banned.
Don’t want to make God angry.
Therefore, not going to type or think.....
Well Mr. Obama, he couldn’t have been me.
I didn’t find the need to go out late at night and pick up Skittles. Walking home I wouldn’t find it smart to walk through a housing tract in dark areas behind homes. In those days I wouldn’t have found it reasonable to bet a man’s head on the sidewalk or break his nose, even if he did walk up to me and ask me what I was doing. And if he hadn’t done that, I would never have assaulted him.
If you are in any way seeing yourself in Trayvon Martin, it may tell you one thing, but it certainly tells me something different. It tells me you had no common sense at that age. It tells me you see no problem of breaking a man’s nose and hitting his head on the sidewalk over and over.
And what’s more, it tells me that at your age, you still don’t have a lick of sense.
They should just shove a data cable up his rear end and move his mouth for him.
Could’ve been Trayvon, huh? Oh, the thought that is running through my head ...
Can Moochelle read cursive?
The only white people 0bama doesn’t hate are Communists. He tolerates the white Useful Idiots that he can use.
This evil POS is moving into the same league as Stalin and Hitler.
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!
“Trayvon Martin could have been me, 35 years ago.”
Yeah. Just think. *sigh*
This comment was a GIGANTIC mistake.
For any President, let alone the petulant Obama, to align himself with a court case — especially AFTER a jury has decided it — not only demeans the presidency, it reinforces the idea that this is a single-issue guy, and that issue is race. Not smart “optics”.
Fluent in slurp, gobble and chomp.
Here’s an e-mail from a friend who doesn’t training for cops and is a range master for classes for retired cops.
Martin was a criminal. He was protected from more than one criminal charge by a crooked chief of school district police that ordered the hiding of crimes by juveniles. This jerk was actually “decorated” for “lowering the incidents of juvenile crime”. Martin was a drug user and dealer and was dealing to other students. He was also selling stolen property including jewelry. If he had been in juvenile hall where he should have been, he would not have gotten shot. Martin has posted pictures which boast of gang attachments.
He was not walking through that community because he was taking a “short cut”. He was looking for more stuff to steal in a community that had already been heavily victimized. The hood was to disguise his face. It was raining. You do not wear a sopping wet cotton hoody for very long for any legitimate purpose.
Zimmerman was walking back to his vehicle when Martin came up from behind. And Martin was supposedly “frightened”? I am sure he was hoping to sucker punch Zimmerman while his back was turned.
Martin saw the gun and tried to get it...........and he got shot.
In last known pictures, Martin is taller than all the adults around him.
These two parents are washouts. So neither divorced mom nor dad could take care of Martin or his younger sibling?!?!? They were parked at the dad’s “fiance’s house” !?!?!?!?
There have been quite a few shootings of white people by black people since the incident with Martin. And these shootings were murder from the start. Gee, where is the outrage?!?!?
There have been MANY, MANY, MANY shootings, stabbings, and beatings of Black people by Black people since the Martin incident. Ninety seven percent of Black victims are caused by Black criminals. Gee, where is the outrage?!?!?!?
In Victorville yesterday, we had “protests” that involved jumping on cars and stomping out windows. Both my son and daughter in law were called on duty. 17 arrests.
The LAPD guys I know are absolutely ticked at their supervisors for letting things go too long. In once case, an Lt. in command proved he was an absolute political gumbie coward.
Of course, that is exactly why the Rodney King riots took off from a specific corner in LA. One yellow Lt. in so called “command”. Every guy I know on LAPD is talking about transferring to other departments, and all of them Sheriff’s Dept’s. Oh, except LASO. Two have already put their papers in.
I have been incredibly busy teaching cops and more and more citizens for the past 3 years. And now it is even picking up more.
The real bottom line is this country is going to be the United States of Shanty Town Detroit and will be in total civil unrest if we let this piece of garbage stay in office.
By the way. If you are not a fed and are a peace officer or are retired, this government is afraid of you. If you are, or have been a peace officer AND in the military, they are terrified of you. My son has worked on cross sworn teams with the US marshalls and the FBI. He has found two US marshalls in the last three years that he “thinks” he can trust. One guy I know who was workig for DHS quit after four years and went to work for a state LE agency. He said he was sick and tired of the immense corruption in the DHS.
Really, so tell us then, who did you commit felony assault against 20 years ago??? Inquiring minds want to know.
If you are not a member of a protected class established by this administration, you could be George Zimmerman, and be railroaded by the current mob-justice system.
First of all, Mr. Obama is half-white. Second, at Trayvon’s age, he was living with his white grandparents. In fact, he was raised entirely by white people and never grew up in a black household. At Trayvon’s age, Obama was attending an exclusive prep school. IIRC, he was the only black (or half-black) student. The notion that he was walking around in a hoodie sharing in Trayvon-like experiences is a total joke. Just like most of what he says.
No, really, knock yourself out!
Only difference between Obama and St Skittles...
Obama wasn’t raised as a nigga’ he was raised as a cracka’!