President Obama spoke out today about the George Zimmerman verdict.
Obama made his statement prior to White House press secretary Jay Carney’s daily White House briefing (video below).
Obama offered his prayers to Trayvon Martin’s family and said they exhibited “incredible grace and dignity with which they’ve dealt with the entire situation.”
“When Trayvon Martin was first shot. I said that this could’ve been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could’ve been me 35 years ago," said Obama, noted CNN.
“When you think about why, in the African-American community, there’s a lot of pain around what happened. I think it’s important to recognize that the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences, a history. That doesn’t go away.”
“There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me, at least before I was a senator,” added Obama.
The President has been attacked by Republicans for making a statement about a criminal trial, but they failed to mention that GOP Presidents Richard Nixon and George W. Bush did the same while in office.