I knew Obama would get involved in another race issue. Once again, Obama speaks out before the investigation has concluded. Of course, the Trayvon Martin killing is tragic, but we don’t know all the details about the case. Obama wanted to speak about it because it involved the killing of a 17-year-old African Americans at the hands of someone not African-American.
Obama didn’t speak out about the 10 killed and 49 wounded over the weekend in his hometown of Chicago. This involved African-Americans, Hispanics and Whites. Also, the president never spoke out about the black teens who ran down and set a white teen on fire due to his race…
Makes one wonder why the President speaks out on one situation but not on others.
From the NYTimes:
1:20 p.m. | Updated President Obama spoke in highly personal terms on Friday about how the shooting in Florida of a 17-year-old black youth namedTrayvon Martin had affected him, saying that “if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”
The comments by Mr. Obama were his first on the explosive case in which a neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, has claimed self-defense after shooting Mr. Martin several weeks ago. The case has generated outrage about the state’s so-called Stand Your Ground law.
Mr. Obama was asked about his feelings regarding the case during theannouncement of his nominee for president of the World Bank in the Rose Garden on Friday morning.
The president often appears perturbed when he is asked off-topic questions at ceremonial events, but on Friday, he seemed eager to address the case, which has quickly developed into a cause célèbre around the country. He cautioned that his comments would be limited because the Justice Department was investigating. But he talked at length about his personal feelings about the case.
Obama has a history of speaking out when it comes to race issues…but only when it involves crimes against blacks. Remember Henry Louis Gates and the ‘Beer Summit?’
“I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this,” Mr. Obama said. “All of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how does something like this happen.”
The brief remarks were nonetheless a rare example of Mr. Obama speaking to the nation as an African-American parent and the father of two children.
“Obviously, this is a tragedy. I can only imagine what these parents are going through,” Mr. Obama said, his face grim. “When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids.”
The most powerful line came at the end of his brief remarks, as he said that his “main message” was directed at the parents of Mr. Martin, who have expressed their deep grief during interviews on television over the last several days.
“You know, if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Mr. Obama said, pausing for a moment. “I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves, and we are going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”
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