[Video] BREAKING: Obama – “Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me 35 Years Ago”
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President Barack Obama said Friday that “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago” in his first comments on the matter since George Zimmerman was found not guilty by a jury of his peers last weekend.
Obama brought up other issues of race as well and also called on Trayvon protests to remain non-violent.
The remarks came as a surprise visit from the president before the daily White House briefing.
According to Fox News,
[Obama described the verdict,] saying the black community is seeing the case through a “set of experiences” that “doesn’t go away.”
Obama also used the opportunity to question “stand your ground” self defense laws,
“If we’re sending a message as a society … 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?” Obama said.
Prior to Zimmerman’s arrest Obama famously said, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”