The George Zimmerman – Trayvon Martin scenario is one that has sent tidal waves of emotions throughout the country. Last week, Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.
Yesterday, in what came as a surprise to me, President Obama spoke on the situation. I say surprise, because I thought he would’ve stayed away from such a racially charged debate. I was wrong and I’m glad I was wrong.
The President stated “Trayvon Martin could’ve been my son. Trayvon Martin could’ve been me 35 years ago.”
Personally, I think that statement alone will elicit more response than anything he has ever said as president. Primarily because he was speaking as a black man first, president second, which he never does; nor should he. However, this was a bit of a different situation. Also, I feel he implies that the wrong decision was made in the trial.
I think it was important to post this video here because, while this site primarily (not solely) deals with sports, race and race relations impact sports on a broad scale as well.