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Barack Obama Speaks Out Again On George Zimmerman Verdict: 'Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me'

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Ever since the controversial verdict in the George Zimmerman case, people have been speculating on how President Barack Obama felt on the matter.

In his first public speech since the Not Guilty came in, the POTUS made himself perfectly clear. He not only feels for Trayvon Martin's family- he sympathizes with the victim himself. He said:

"Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.

There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed while they were shopping at a department store. That includes me."

Wow. Barack went on address the "disparities" in how the law looks at race and to say that as a country we all need to do some "soul-searching" to make sure we're not being biased in how we think and act.

Ch-ch-check out the video (above) to hear his complete insightful speech!

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55 comments to “Barack Obama Speaks Out Again On George Zimmerman Verdict: 'Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me'”

  1. texasannie says – reply to this


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    fuck our POTUS for putting himself in this. so inappropriate.



  2. 2

    Breaking News? Really? Get over it already. He was tried and found not guilty. This fool doesn't comment on the hundreds of other murders that are committed every day. And if I remember correctly, not only is Zimmerman NOT white, but the only racist comment that night came from Trayvon. Stupid people!

  3. Amanda says – reply to this


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    Good to know our government is a punk. Did you know zimmerman voted for obama? He also helps many children, black and white, tutoring them? what about the fact that in 2011 a white police officer beat up a homeless dude, and zimmerman took time out of his life to bring him justice, which resulted in the firing of the police officer? The only people who are raciest, are the ones pulling the race card!

  4. richsp says – reply to this


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    Says nothing about THOUSANDS dying in Chicago!! Between the start of Zimmerman to the end of the trial. Over 11,000 Blackmen have been killed by another Black!! Please dont talk about, let them kill there race off!!!
    Shame on ALL the BLACK LEADERS

  5. Catie says – reply to this


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    Re: Amanda – Your EXACTLY RIGHT…It seems to me as if the African Americans (and not all, but here recently a lot of them) are becoming hypocrites…They are the ones who are being racist now-George Zimmerman isnt even White, but yet somehow this has all turned into a black/white issue and its really upsetting



  6. 6

    That's why we're in this mess…..



  7. 7

    RACE BAITER!

  8. Wen says – reply to this


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    I think many of you missed the bus here. Obama's statements mention nothing of the actual verdict, he made no comments about that and rightfully so. The case was tried and is over. All he's saying is he sympathizes with the individual who lost his life. When he says he was Trayvon 35 years ago, he means he was a black 17 year old. Not sure if any commenter is a person of color but when you are say a black 17 year old…you get followed while shopping, riding your bike, or for being black. This is a FACT. I wish Americans would realize that. My older brother and his best friend (both black) were riding their bikes in the town WE live in and someone called the cops on them. They were questioned about being in the neighborhood and subsequently followed right back to our house by the police. THIS. Is every day life for young men of color. I think that was what Obama was addressing. The fact that young men of color are followed b/c they are simply riding their bikes or walking home is insane. Things need to change.



  9. 9

    In the 513 days between Trayvon Martin's death and Zimmerman's Trial verdict, 11,106 African Americans have ben murdered by other African Americans. PRESIDENT OBAMA, WHY DON'T YOU TALK ABOUT THAT??? SELF-HATING RACIST!!

  10. zzz says – reply to this


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    Re: Wen

    He did mention the verdict by saying "jury spoke at state level" - meaning federal charges are still a possibility.

    On a side note, hispanics get followed too. Even half hispanics…



  11. 11

    President Obama: In the 513 days between Trayvon Martin's death and Zimmerman's Trial verdict, 11,106 African Americans have ben murdered by other African Americans. PRESIDENT OBAMA, WHY DON'T YOU TALK ABOUT THAT??? SELF-HATING RACIST!!



  12. 12

    that mf should butt out of the judicial system. poor little black boy thugs, our hearts are bleeding.

  13. Melly says – reply to this


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    This is why I voted for this man… Class act

  14. Blacks can be racist 2 says – reply to this


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    Barack Obama should be ashamed all he does is divided the country into Blacks, White ,Hispanic . He makes look like Blacks ain't racist they hate on Hispanics and Whites all the time. He is a pathetic leader and I will rather vote for the next guy next election .Stop acting like blacks are the only race to get discriminated against. Lots of hispanic American get treated like shit from both race and ain't even including illegal immigrants . Funny when they do it it not racism . Look up racism if your any race and hate on another your a racist . so please even your color can save you. So you can play the racist card with me. Respect is a mutual thing every man on his own . Fuck it

  15. Justin says – reply to this


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    RE: Wen -

    Its not being stereotypical when backed up by fact. African American's make up roughly 10% of the population but account for 51% of all reported crime. These statisics are even worse when you look at African American Males between the ages of 16-24. Nearly 25% of African Americans over the age of 18 have served time. That basically means that if someone sees four African Americans that one of them game you a reason to lock your car door or clutch your purse. Black youth is out of hand and instead of African Americans rallying around ONE case blaming what they THINK is a white man for their problems, need to learn to raise their children right. Black on black crime happens all the time and nobody says a word. Until the African Americans rally around the cause of finding justice in black crime, nothing will be done…



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    Re: Wen – A LOT OF BLACK MALES AND BLACK FEMALES AND BLACK MOTHERS AND BLACK FATHERS AND BLACK CHILDREN AND BLACK TEENAGERS HAVE BEEN KILLED. I DON'T HEAR HIM SPEAKING UP ABOUT WHEN THEY DIE! ABOUT SHOOTING EACH OTHER! DON'T FOOL YOURSELF JUST BECAUSE HE DOESN'T MENTION THE TRIAL OR ZIMMERMAN ….. THE MESSAGE IS THERE.



  17. 17

    Oh, so the Race-Baiter-in-Chief took time out from destroying the country to weigh in on an issue he should STFU about! I don't see him ever…EVER…commenting when a Black person kills a White, Asian or Hispanic person. He's such a a-hole. In fact, when a Black man murdered two White British tourists and their parents wrote to him…he never replied…never even addressed it.

    This man is, the WORST President ever.



  18. 18

    Re: Catie
    Becoming hypocrites? No, they've been hypocrites for a very long time. OJ Simpson anyone? Face it, they use race as a crutch. They are weak.



  19. 19

    Well, was there a recent crime that happened at the store, in which witness' gave a description that matched Obama? Did Obama attack the person following him? Have them pinned on the ground, beating their head in? If not, then he is comparing apples to oranges.



  20. 20

    Re: Wen
    Really? Then show us evidence of a time when he EVER showed sympathy for a person victim of a crime committed by a Black person? Show us evidence of when Obama ever weighed in on any such cases. You can't, because he never has and never will. He is a race-baiter and only cares because the victim was Black. That's all the Black community cares about. They could not care less about he victims of crimes committed by Black people. Fact.

  21. Tara says – reply to this


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    I am a white female, totally "innocent" looking - no tattoos, long brown hair and I have been followed in stores MANY times! It is not a RACE thing!

  22. boston61 says – reply to this


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    I love Obama but this would NEVER have been him. He would have spoken to the neighborhood watch guy like a human being not struck him in the face like an animal. All Trayvon had to do was to TALK to George. You never hit another person. It's all downhill from there. Michelle must have pushed him to say something.



  23. 23

    Re: Tara – SAME HERE!

  24. alexis says – reply to this


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    We're the lives of other murder victims not worth as much as Treyvons? Why don't we hear about other murders in the black community? This whole situation is repulsive! Case is closed move on.

  25. Look at the facts says – reply to this


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    Has anyone paid attention to the record that Trayvon Martin had, juvie arrests, history of violent behavior with being in numerous fights. This was not some innocent kid targeted by an overzealous out of control racist. Also, if federal charges are brought that is strictly a polilical move, there is no basis or foundation for federal charges to be brought. Zimmerman was tried and found not guilty. People need to start paying attention to what Obama is doing, your freedoms, rights and judicial system are being taken away right in front of your eyes, and noone is doing anything to stop this man. He is not leading as a President of a democratic free country, but more as a Dictator of a communist nation.

  26. mike pa says – reply to this


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    Re: longjewishlegs – im white and i agree the racist meter is at a all time high and my heart gos out to the trayvon family my belief in the matter is if zimmerman would have listened to the police none of this would have happened and i also believe u dont have the right to shoot some1 just because ur in a struggle with them people fight after a night of drinking but unless there is a weapon pulled or u really feel like ur going to die u dont have the right to pull a gun out and shoot some1 but im also going to say 2 wrongs dont make a right meaning in the oj trial the black community jumped in the air with joy like they won the superbowl when oj was found not guilty for slaughtering 2 white people and the president and other political leaders had nothing to say the door has to start swinging both ways if we as a multiracial country are ever going to get along ty for ur time,,,

  27. Dozer says – reply to this


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    I do not believe you ever could be like Trayvon - because he was a united state citizen

  28. Kay says – reply to this


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    Re: Wen
    Your comments are too intelligent for this venue. All you'll get is a lot of crap thrown your way by people who refuse to actually interpret and think about what you say. Which is EXACTLY what is happening to Obama right now. I will never be able to understand why, when someone begins an active and insightful discussion about race in this country, they automatically turn into a "self-hating RACIST." I'm sorry that happend to your brother. That's so shameful.

  29. Amanda says – reply to this


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    Its not stereotyping a race, but when you choose to dress like a thug, people will look at you like one. just like a girl who dresses like a slut, people will assume she is a slut. Does that give someone a right to rape or kill? No, but the diff here, is the fact Martin instigated, not by clothing, but by confronting a man, and instead of either A)going home or B)walking away, decided to punch him in the face and then proceed to attack. I am glad our president thinks that he could of been Martin years ago…Didnt realize the prez skipped school, stole, caused fights, spoke highly of his drug use, and called white people crackers. All though, thats nothing compared to the innocent children Obama has bombed with drones. Look up those facts.

  30. Amanda says – reply to this


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    Re: Dozer – HAHAHA TRUTH



  31. 31

    Why doesnt he do something about the BLACK ON BLACK killings in his hometown of Chicago ?????



  32. 32

    Re: Wen – I agree, it needs to change. I just don't think it really applies to this case. Trayvon matched the description of criminals in the area. Zimmerman didn't just assume the criminal was black- he was told they were. It's just a different situation in this case, than what some people are trying to portray. I am terribly sorry that happened to your brother, though.

  33. Amanda says – reply to this


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    Re: mike pa – You clearly did not understand the difference between police and dispatch, nor are you allowed to have an opinion since you clearly did not watch the entire case. The dispatch holds no authority, nor did they tell him not to follow, they said he did not need to, but asked where he went. It is not illegal to carry a gun and follow someone, just like it is not illegal to wear a hoodie and walk to a gas station in the pouring rain. what is illegal, is assault..and he didnt just stop with a punch.



  34. 34

    Re: mike pa – The problem with that, though, is people die from beatings everyday. Sometimes all it takes is one badly placed punch, and you're dead. Did you hear about the teenager who punched a ref at a game, and the ref died? Did you see the pictures of Zimmerman's head and nose? Did you hear the witness saying Martin was "ground pounding" him, and had him pinned?
    If Zimmerman didn't have the right to pull the gun out to stop from being beaten, what gave Martin the right to physically attack him? I don't believe for a second that if Trayvon hadn't hit Zimmerman, that Trayvon would still be dead.



  35. 35

    Re: shaygirl1309 – I am not a thug, don't look one either but I still get followed when I go to certain stores. It is not a good feeling, but you can't understand unless it happens to you



  36. 36

    He's the one to be talking. Take a look in your own fucking backyard BO. I'm perfectly content with how I feel ya pompous ass.

  37. kim says – reply to this


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    barrack obama is a shitty president and a pompous douchebag. needs to get impeached already so we can get our country back to normal!



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    Re: ana8i8 – its happened to me. anywhere you don't seem to fit in you're gonna be watched.

  39. barney says – reply to this


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    Wish it had been Barack Obama. This Country would be better off today if it had been. All this Moron has done is put us deeper in debt,Embarass us and make other Countries loose Respect for Us.This man is nothing more then a BIG JOKE as our President.



  40. 40

    If obama is this ignorant on this case, Imagine on other things….

    God help us



  41. 41

    Re: Wen

    There is a reason for that.. google piers owned by larry elder

  42. Mark says – reply to this


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    The ridiculousness continues, it appears there is a game called divide and conquer being played.

    "Borrowing a quote from Abraham Lincoln, Obama said people should appeal to "the better angels" of human natures, rather than using incidents like Travyvon's death and Zimmerman's acquittal to "heighten divisions."

    Really? Seriously?

    I am so glad their are still people like those on this site that actually care about this country.

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  43. 43

    For many conservatives, the easiest way to solve the problem of 'latent racism in American society' is to:

    1) deny its existence, and then
    2) indignantly proclaim that anyone who dares broach the topic is a "race-baiter".

  44. teeter totter says – reply to this


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    Re: Melly – You were actually stupid enough to vote for him twice? Once was enough for me, sorry.

  45. Loosing it over nuthin says – reply to this


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    Re: AmandaRe: Justin
    FUCKING THANK YOU MAN!!!!!!!!!

    FINALLY!!!!

  46. Maria says – reply to this


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    I am completely appalled that our President lowered himself the chip on his shoulder and passed our chips for many others to put those chips on their shoulders to and together they are calling out the race card. Great Job president… the riots are being planned now all news outlets are stating. What year is this and why did I vote for you, oh yes, I remember I did not. His speech, his tone and his repeated discussion of this and referring to himself as almost being killed or that Trayvon could have been his son, what a great way to divide America and bring back the segregation. I'm a proud Mexican/Greek Attorney and still to this day because of my Olive skin I get second looks and stares when I walk into Neiman Marcus and Barneys. Although I can afford nearly anything I want in any store, if I choose to run into the Chanel boutique in my work out clothes to pick up a gift for my mother for mother's day I will be the first to be greeted because I look like I don't belong. Yeah, I could have been Mr. Zimmerman. This is just pathetic and I'm ashamed of our president. So ashamed.

  47. Landy James says – reply to this


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    Personally, I think that few people who have made comments on this topic have education outside of their own tiny worlds. Think about your comments or at least take some cultural diversity classes. First, Black people are becoming hypocrits? Learn what racism means is using your power (i.e., ism) as the in-power community to treat those disenfranchised (i.e., non-white). The thing that Whites don't get about race is that most people feel the same way that African Americans, Native Americans, and Latino Americans feel…Whites have gotten away with mass murder and injustices for centuries. Guess what….we all are tired of it, we want you to acknowledge it, and we want it to stop. Just Stop. But you will never stop until you are able to at least learn how other non-white communities live. The only way that you can do that effectively is through immersion into the other culture and through education from that community. So my advice is get some education before you make RACISTS and IGNORANT COMMENTS. Don't hide behind anonymity, if you are a racist…be proud.

  48. L.B. says – reply to this


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    Re: Landy James – Personally, I think that few people who have made comments on this topic have education outside of their own tiny worlds. Think about your comments or at least take some cultural diversity classes. First, Black people are becoming hypocrits? Learn what racism means is using your power (i.e., ism) as the in-power community to treat those disenfranchised (i.e., non-white). The thing that Whites don't get about race is that most people feel the same way that African Americans, Native Americans, and Latino Americans feel…Whites have gotten away with mass murder and injustices for centuries. Guess what….we all are tired of it, we want you to acknowledge it, and we want it to stop. Just Stop. But you will never stop until you are able to at least learn how other non-white communities live. The only way that you can do that effectively is through immersion into the other culture and through education from that community. So my advice is get some education before you make RACISTS and IGNORANT COMMENTS. Don't hide behind anonymity, if you are a racist…be proud.

  49. LB says – reply to this


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    Re: AmandaRe: richspRe: AmandaRe: richspRe: AmandaRe: richspRe: D-INCARNATIONRe: AreyoufeelingGluckyPunk

    Personally, I think that few people who have made comments on this topic have education outside of their own tiny worlds. Think about your comments or at least take some cultural diversity classes. First, Black people are becoming hypocrits? Learn what racism means is using your power (i.e., ism) as the in-power community to treat those disenfranchised (i.e., non-white). The thing that Whites don't get about race is that most people feel the same way that African Americans, Native Americans, and Latino Americans feel…Whites have gotten away with mass murder and injustices for centuries. Guess what….we all are tired of it, we want you to acknowledge it, and we want it to stop. Just Stop. But you will never stop until you are able to at least learn how other non-white communities live. The only way that you can do that effectively is through immersion into the other culture and through education from that community. So my advice is get some education before you make RACISTS and IGNORANT COMMENTS. Don't hide behind anonymity, if you are a racist…be proud.

  50. LB says – reply to this


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    Re: zzzRe: MellyRe: IzzyLizzyRe: mike paRe: PaulieRe: BirdwordRe: TaraRe: JessicalcRe: DozerRe: kimRe: Maria

    Personally, I think that few people who have made comments on this topic have education outside of their own tiny worlds. Think about your comments or at least take some cultural diversity classes. First, Black people are becoming hypocrits? Learn what racism means is using your power (i.e., ism) as the in-power community to treat those disenfranchised (i.e., non-white). The thing that Whites don't get about race is that most people feel the same way that African Americans, Native Americans, and Latino Americans feel…Whites have gotten away with mass murder and injustices for centuries. Guess what….we all are tired of it, we want you to acknowledge it, and we want it to stop. Just Stop. But you will never stop until you are able to at least learn how other non-white communities live. The only way that you can do that effectively is through immersion into the other culture and through education from that community. So my advice is get some education before you make RACISTS and IGNORANT COMMENTS. Don't hide behind anonymity, if you are a racist…be proud.

  51. LB says – reply to this


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    Re: longjewishlegsRe: DrunkenHinesRe: AmandaRe: richspRe: richspRe: CatieRe: D-INCARNATIONRe: AreyoufeelingGluckyPunkRe: Blacks can be racist 2Re: Blacks can be racist 2Re: Paulie

    Personally, I think that few people who have made comments on this topic have education outside of their own tiny worlds. Think about your comments or at least take some cultural diversity classes. First, Black people are becoming hypocrits? Learn what racism means is using your power (i.e., ism) as the in-power community to treat those disenfranchised (i.e., non-white). The thing that Whites don't get about race is that most people feel the same way that African Americans, Native Americans, and Latino Americans feel…Whites have gotten away with mass murder and injustices for centuries. Guess what….we all are tired of it, we want you to acknowledge it, and we want it to stop. Just Stop. But you will never stop until you are able to at least learn how other non-white communities live. The only way that you can do that effectively is through immersion into the other culture and through education from that community. So my advice is get some education before you make RACISTS and IGNORANT COMMENTS. Don't hide behind anonymity, if you are a racist…be proud.

  52. PeopleCrazy says – reply to this


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    You know all you people are complaining about President Obama speaking on the matter, but if he had not spoken and not tried to calm the public down about the matter. You would be mad at the president when the Black Panther Organization starts a riot and starts attacking people based only on their race. They have already declared war on "whitey" if the verdict didn't come back guilty. The president was only trying, if not only in a little way, say he is listening and he feels for the victim and the victims family.

  53. QUit nik picking says – reply to this


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    The fact of the matter is, if you listened to the police calls. People heard the screaming and fighting and were terrified to go outside and see what was happening. if ANY "witness" had actually seen something, why didn't they call the police and report to them then what the actual facts that were happening at that moment. The fact is, Anything COULD have happened. Any scenario could have played out, you didn't know those people and what their breaking points are. But Zimmerman desired a guilty plea, maybe not a life sentence, but he followed that boy. If his ass would have stayed in the car or ran inside his home. Trayvon would still be alive. But no he hunted him down trying to be the town hero and ultimately killed a teenager that was unarmed.

  54. Sam says – reply to this


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    It is not the president's job to give an opinion on this matter. What was he thinking? I'm not a fan of the president to start with, but as " the leader of the country" it is inappropriate for him to share his personal opinion on this matter. No matter what the verdict, he should keep his f***ing mouth shut.

  55. Tom says – reply to this


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    So like 2/3 of the people who commented couldn't have actually listened to what the president said. All he was doing was explaining why, from his perspective as a black man, the black community is so upset over the verdict. He didn't make any outlandish claims, insult anyone or blame anyone. How is that "race baiting"? By the way, he has said very little about this case, but given that it became such a high profile case (thanks to the media and the masses), it seems perfectly appropriate for him to say a few words about it. It looks a lot to me like the haters are just hating because that's what they want to do - it doesn't have anything to do with what he said this time. I'm white, working class, and educated, and I live in a modest city neighborhood that's probably about 1/3 white and 2/3 people of color: black, asian, hispanic, in that order. Nobody is color blind, except maybe small children (like mine), who's parents work very hard to raise them that way. I'm not color blind, but I try really hard to treat and regard everyone as an equal. The point is, we should all be working hard on it until racism is eradicated. It's not "their" problem, it's our problem. This one case with this one pair of guys doesn't represent everyone, but clearly, for a lot of people it pointed out something very painful. That's what the president was saying, and that's all I'm saying, too.