THE REST — 20 July 2013
President Obama: “Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me 35 Years Ago” [Video]

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.

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  1. Yes, that could have been you!!
    But would YOU be dumb enough to attack some security guard / private security / neighborhood watch block captain who would most certainly be armed??!! DUH,

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