[Video] BREAKING: Obama – “Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me 35 Years Ago”
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.”