Profiling of African American Community: President Obama Relates

During a surprise press conference today President Obama spoke out once again regarding the jury’s verdict in the case of Trayvon Martin. However, President Obama’s address is unlike any other president’s speech concerning race relations in America. Even, President Kennedy’s 1963 Civil Rights Address did not convey the same emotions as President Obama’s, primarily because Obama adopts our country’s race relations as a personal problem. President Obama admits that like the majority of African Americans, he too, has been a victim of racial profiling. “There are very few African American men who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store, that includes me,” President Obama says. He continues to mention his experiences hearing car doors lock while walking down the street and white women nervously clutching their purses while standing beside him in an elevator. It goes without saying that this kind of racial profiling resulted in the unjust and untimely death of Trayvon Martin. I commend President Obama for publicly recognizing this truth and speaking on behalf of the African American community as not only our president, but as a black man himself. Check out the video below to watch President Obama’s full press conference on Trayvon Martin.

 

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