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I agree with Trep, the spirit of this OP does just as much - if not more - to agitate the status of race relations in this country as anything the POTUS might say. It's his job to comment on issues of national interest plus he's a Black man. What responsibility, interest or agenda do you all bring to it?
Obama: Trayvon 'could have been me'
Originally posted by IamAbeliever
I thought the dumbest thing he said was, "drivers would lock their doors and I have seen women clutch their purses a little tighter when I walked by", before he was elected to public office.
Probably the dumbest remark ever by a POTUS.
"Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago," Obama said ..
You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son.
I think it's important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn't go away.
his isn't to say that the African American community is naïve about the fact that African American young men are disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system; that they're disproportionately both victims and perpetrators of violence.
Now, the question for me at least, and I think for a lot of folks, is where do we take this?
When I was in Illinois, I passed racial profiling legislation, and it actually did just two simple things. One, it collected data on traffic stops and the race of the person who was stopped. But the other thing was it resourced us training police departments across the state on how to think about potential racial bias and ways to further professionalize what they were doing
if we're sending a message as a society in our communities that someone who is armed potentially has the right to use those firearms even if there's a way for them to exit from a situation, is that really going to be contributing to the kind of peace and security and order that we'd like to see?
we need to spend some time in thinking about how do we bolster and reinforce our African American boys
am I wringing as much bias out of myself as I can? Am I judging people as much as I can, based on not the color of their skin, but the content of their character?
And those of us in authority should be doing everything we can to encourage the better angels of our nature, as opposed to using these episodes to heighten divisions.
Originally posted by kosmicjack
reply to post by mobiusmale
Really? He did in fact say that the Justice system has run it's course.
You are offended because he made it personal? Why not? He is a Black man. Is he suddenly not supposed to be subject to his own background and experiences? Are you kidding?
The same sort of people were pissed because he commented as a parent after Newtown. It's really sad and unbelievable.
I think half of the country seriously has magical thinking - that you stop being human when you become President.
Originally posted by Kali74
There's no other reason George Zimmerman thought that Trayvon Martin was acting suspicious other than he was black and wearing a hoodie. Me not liking Obama doesn't invalidate everything he says.