Sunday, July 21, 2013

President Obama: "Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me"

In thoughtful remarks on race relations following the George Zimmerman verdict, President Obama considered the common experience among African-American men of being racially profiled, stating, “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.” Regarding "Stand Your Ground" laws, Obama asked whether giving license to shoot even if there's a way to retreat contributes to community peace and security. He questioned how the law would have been applied if the situation were reversed in Trayvon Martin's case: "... if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman who had followed him in a car because he felt threatened? And if the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, then it seems to me that we might want to examine those kinds of laws." Watch Obama's remarks in their entirety:

Transcript of President Obama's remarks.


Robert K Blechman said...

I've seen comments that Zimmerman thought he was Batman, but without Batman's skill set or non-lethal tools. In fact, Zimmerman thought he was Judge Dredd and became judge, jury and executioner of Trayvon Martin. The issue isn't whether Zimmerman was profiled. The issue is whether he had any business using a gun against an unarmed child. If that child was able to beat the crap out of him, it was Zimmerman who put himself into that jeopardy and could only respond with lethal force.

Jeff Tone said...

I was surprised that the jury didn't at least find that Zimmerman acted with culpable negligence and was guilty of manslaughter.