July 20, 2013 at 12:04 am #93215
President Obama Speaks on Trayvon Martin
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Sybrina Fulton & Tracy Martin Comment on President Obama’s Remarks About Their Son, Trayvon Martin
New York, NY – July 19, 2013: We are deeply honored and moved that President Obama took the time to speak publicly and at length about our son, Trayvon. The President’s comments give us great strength at this time. We are thankful for President Obama’s and Michelle’s prayers, and we ask for your prayers as well as we continue to move forward.
We know that the death of our son Trayvon, the trial and the not guilty verdict have been deeply painful and difficult for many people. We know our family has become a conduit for people to talk about race in America and to try and talk about the difficult issues that we need to bring into the light in order to become a better people.
What touches people is that our son, Trayvon Benjamin Martin, could have been their son. President Obama sees himself in Trayvon and identifies with him. This is a beautiful tribute to our boy.
Trayvon’s life was cut short, but we hope that his legacy will make our communities a better place for generations to come. We applaud the President’s call to action to bring communities together to encourage an open and difficult dialogue. Our family is committed to this dialogue through the work of the Trayvon Martin Foundation.
We seek a future when a child can walk down the street and not worry that others see him as dangerous because of the color of his skin or the clothes on his back. We seek a future where our children can grow up and become the people God intended them to be.July 20, 2013 at 12:05 am #93216
Good Morning, EveryoneJuly 20, 2013 at 12:06 am #93217
Barack and Trayvon
By CHARLES M. BLOW
Published: July 19, 2013
On Friday President Obama picked at America’s racial wound, and it bled a bit.
Despite persistent attempts by some to divest the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman tragedy of its racial resonance, the president refused to allow it.
During a press briefing, Mr. Obama spoke of the case, soberly and deliberately, in an achingly personal tone, saying: “You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.”
With that statement, an exalted black man found kinship with a buried black boy, the two inextricably linked by inescapable biases, one expressing the pains and peril of living behind the veil of his brown skin while the other no longer could.
With his statements, the president dispensed with the pedantic and made the tragedy personal.
He spoke of his own experiences with subtle biases, hinting at the psychological violence it does to the spirit — being followed around in stores when shopping, hearing the locking of car doors when you approach, noticing the clutching of purses as you enter an elevator.
It is in these subtleties that black folks are forever forced to box with shadows, forever forced to recognize their otherness and their inability to simply blend.July 20, 2013 at 12:08 am #93218
Why Obama decided to speak out
By Justin Sink – 07/19/13 03:57 PM ET
President Obama informed his senior staff Thursday that he wanted to address the Trayvon Martin verdict after having “several conversations with his family and friends,” according to a White House official.
The president felt it was “important that he make remarks so the country could hear from him in a broader context,” the official said, adding the president had been “watching the reaction around the country and in the African-American community.”
Obama on Friday said it was important to consider the death of the Florida teen and the reaction to the acquittal of his shooter, George Zimmerman, within the context of American race relations.July 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm #93224
MSNBC Contributor: ‘Absolute Vitriol’ And Lack Of ‘Basic Human Sympathy’ To Trayvon Family On The Right
President Obama‘s remarks on Trayvon Martin today were immediately met with anger and outrage on the right, including one comment that Obama is the “race-baiter in chief.” On Hardball today, MSNBC contributor Joy Reid touted this as the latest example of Republicans not caring at all about expanding their appeal to minority groups. She told Republican strategist John Feehery that the right has idolized Zimmerman while lacking any kind of “basic human sympathy” for Martin’s family.
Feehery told guest host Michael Smerconish that he would personally advise Republicans to respond to what Obama said “very carefully,” and while he thought it was important for Obama to speak out, he wished the president had talked more about the media “fostering fear” in the Zimmerman case. He explained that if Republicans want to grow their base, they can’t get too involved in explosive debates on the subject.
Reid almost immediately dismissed everything Feehery said. She told Smerconish, “I don’t see any context in which Republicans are trying to grow their base in any policy matter.” Feehery interjected to dispute that, but Reid cited the heated immigration debate before telling him it’s too late for the GOP to tread lightly in the Zimmerman case.
“On this issue, what I have heard is absolute vitriol toward Trayvon Martin and his family, and embracing of George Zimmerman as some sort of folk hero on the far right. I haven’t seen any responsible voices in the Republican party saying that’s a bad idea, and not even any basic human sympathy for the family of Trayvon Martin.”
She continued that she has been “called the n-word every 30 seconds” on Twitter from people from the far-right since the verdict, and challenged Feehery that there is no one in the GOP who has stood up and said they need to “stop constantly overdoing our attacks on Barack Obama, because it’s turning people off.” Feehery noted the way in which the media’s presented the Zimmerman case has been “utterly destructive to the country,” and the two of them rehashed previous arguments about the facts of the case before Smerconish jumped in.July 20, 2013 at 2:58 pm #93225
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“The most obvious demonstration of racism is this idea that black people shouldn’t be allowed to mention it.” – Carlo FortunatoJuly 20, 2013 at 8:59 pm #93242
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