President Barack Obama, on Friday, made his first live comments on the George Zimmerman verdict in shooting death of Trayvon Martin, saying, “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.”
Here are some highlights from the President’s personal perspective on the case:
- “There are very few African-American men in this country who have not had the experience of being followed when they are shopping at a department store. That includes me. There are very few African-American men who have not 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.”
- “There are very few African-Americans who have not had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had the chance to get off. That happens often.”
- “Some of the violence that takes place in poor black neighborhoods around the country is born out of a very violent past in this country. .. And the poverty and dysfunction that we see in those communities can be traced to a very difficult history. … And so the fact that sometimes that’s unacknowledged adds to the frustration.”
Following the President’s speech, liberal fawning ensued.
Al Sharpton said Obama’s surprise remarks on the Trayvon Martin murder and its impact on blacks was “significant and much needed.”
“I think he has set a tone for both direct action and needed dialogue,” Sharpton said.
Notorious MSNBC race baiter Toure said Obama’s remarks were proof that “we really do have a black President.”
“I’ve been thinking lately, do we actually have a black president or a president who happens to be black? There have been very few moments and very few, if any, policies that have made a difference that you might hope for a black president to do,” he said.
Toure continued, “This moment was like, wow, we really do have a black president who will come out and lay it all out on the line, and everybody’s been really nailing it today in sort of analyzing it. But I mean, a nuanced discussion of what it means to be black, not holding back from this notion that blacks don’t feel a full part of society, a really incredible historical moment.”
In fact, MSNBC had a full-on racismgasm following the Presidential remarks: