President Obama's statement on Trayvon Martin case

WASHINGTON Sun Jul 14, 2013 4:25pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Sunday issued a statement reacting to a Florida jury's acquittal of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

Here is the text of the president's statement.

"The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we're doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we're doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that's a job for all of us. That's the way to honor Trayvon Martin."

(Compiled by Will Dunham; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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tergen wrote:
Another example of the President’s lack of leadership ability.

I have total sympathy for the preoccupation of African-Americans with racial prejudice. Hundreds of years of getting screwed leaves a deep, open scar.

However, there was no evidence of extraordinary racial text to this incident. Every news article I’ve read has identified Trayvon as a “black” person. That’s racial profiling.

The President made his well-known knee-jerk speech about how Trayvon looked like a son he might have. Why? Because he had two eyes, a nose, and a couple of ears? No. Because he was “black.” That’s racial profiling.

Want to dole out some blame? Try the music industry. Romanticizing gangs and hoods has sold a lot of product and convinced teenagers that being a punk is cool.

Well, if you dress dress like a criminal and act like a criminal, people may assume you’re a criminal. Your choice.

Jul 15, 2013 12:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
PhillyRiddler wrote:
Why does Obama want to “honor” someone who the jury found was the aggressor in a violent fight? Again, Obama is revealing his lack of judgment on this issue. I voted for Obama twice, but over the last year have become more and more disillusioned with him and his administration (IRS scandal….NSA spying on US citizen). It seems more and more that he’s not really any different than any other political that once they get into office, they begin to believe they are above the law. Obama has let me down.

Jul 15, 2013 1:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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