Friday, July 19, 2013

President Obama: Trayvon Martin "Could Have Been Me 35 Years Ago"

President Obama addressed the Trayvon Martin case on Friday, voicing support for the legal process that found George Zimmerman not guilty of murder, but speaking to the frustration and pain felt by African-Americans in a country where race remains a complicated, emotional issue.

"Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago," Obama told the White House press corps, who had gathered for a media briefing but did not know Obama would appear.

In an often personal speech, the President discussed crime, prejudice, and how black Americans look at the Martin situation "through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away."

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