In his first comments since the court’s verdict in the Zimmerman case that caused the nation to erupt in demonstrations, President Barack Obama said that ‘Trayvon Martin could have been me, 35 years ago’. In a press call, that was as unexpected as the President’s statement, Obama said that there were few black men in the US who were not victims of racial profiling.
Obama in a way defended the African-American community’s outburst at the court’s judgment of Zimmerman acquittal and said that the pain these people felt about the ruling came not just from this one case. Rather, he continued that they ‘viewed if from a set of experiences and a history that does not go away’.
In light of the issue taking a racial twist, the president also mentioned some of his past experiences of racism like being followed when in a shopping mall. Obama also did not forget to praise Martin’s parents by saying that they had reacted to the verdict with ‘incredible grace and dignity’.