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President Obama on Trayvon Martin: "He Could Have Been Me" (VIDEO + TRANSCRIPT)

(AllHipHop News) In a move that is as shocking as it is emblematic, President Barack Obama addresses race in America in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in a recent speech.

“There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me”

While President Obama states that Florida’s Stand Your Ground law was not apart of George Zimmerman’s defense he does believe alterations to it is pertinent in order to ease “racial disparity” in the law:

If we’re sending a message in our societies that someone who is armed potentially has the right to use those firearms even if there is a way for them to exit from the situation, is that really going to be contributing to the peace and order? For those who resist that idea, I’d just ask people to consider if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? Do we actually think he would’ve been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman because he followed him in a car?

Invoking the theme of “it takes a village to raise a child”, President Obama called for athletes, celebrities, businessmen and others of influence to set positive images for young African American males.

The full transcript of President Obama’s speech can be viewed here.

Watch President Barack Obama discuss Trayvon Martin, legislative acts to help race relations in America and more below:

  • BullsFan4Life29

    Brilliant eighteen to twenty minute speech from President Obama on race in America.

  • junj03

    “Martin had been suspended twice already that
    school year for offenses that should have gotten him arrested – once for
    getting caught with a burglary tool and a dozen items of female jewelry, the
    second time for getting caught with marijuana and a marijuana pipe.”
    If you did that then yeah it could have been you…

    • Big Dog

      Wow you are truly misinformed maybe you should research the facts before posting ignorance. Trayvon was suspended for having an empty baggie which was suspected of being weed had it been proven it was weed he would have been arrested and was suspended earlier for writing WTF on a school locker. Get the facts right idiot.

      • DJ7

        Theses cats are delusional fam…anything to justify the killing of one of ours..have you noticed how the OJ verdict seems to surface everytime they run out of jibber jabber…that’s conservative radio/fox news entertainment robots for ya

      • Sean Taylor

        Get the facts right?

        He had an empty baggie w/ resudie, we all know what was in it. And he DID have a pipe. I guess you missed the pictures that are posted online for all to see of him blowing smoke and showing off mj plants.

        Like the person below said, these cats are delusional….

      • Big Dog

        So you know more than the people at the school who has reported his suspensions? Yea right you dont even know what high school Trayvon was attending.

  • andone

    better late than never… but im still not sure wat took him so long???

    • obamasuxasss

      he was to busy sending drones to kill children an women

      • brotha_man

        Bill O’Reilly?

      • obamasuxasss

        I guess you trying to make a joke out of facts. You sound lame.

      • brotha_man

        not a joke. i was asking a legit question. I heard Bill make similar statements. sorry, i thought you were Bill? had a few questions is all. my mistake

      • obamasuxasss

        Well there aint no denying this devil is responsible for droning children daily in the middle east. Actin like he cares about trayvon what a JOKE!

  • RichFromBX

    and he couldn’t have been any one of the number of black teens killed senselessly on the streets of Chicago, LA and Detroit or he couldn’t have been Oscar Grant?? or 50yrs ago he couldn’t have been Jonylah Watkins??? – GTFOH with this BS…

  • YeaMyNig

    Glad i aint vote for this ni99a

    • DJ7

      Feel better?…last ?…u mad?

      • YeaMyNig

        Not at all.. Im on my way to PR in 3 days.. mad 4 wat

    • Big Dog

      You were probably too dumb to go out and vote anyway.

      • YeaMyNig

        Fukk u and voting

      • brotha_man

        I voted for him. if mitt won, us negroes would be doomed….this goes for Hispanics.

      • YeaMyNig

        Not necessarily but I hear u tho.. At this point I Could care less who’s the face for the Job, cuz the cats behind the scenes are the ones who really run shyt. If they want something done, they’ll get it.
        Left wing or Right wing… Still the same bird

      • Synista

        The rothschilds and bilderbergs run the world,and president is just a living puppet.


    Flapping gums….I can talk…How about you do something about it? Isn’t that’s why you became President? CHANGE…right?

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  • Synista

    “Cedric the entertainer’s character from barber shops voice” MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN FUKK Barrack Obama,motherfucker only black when it is convenient “Cedric the entertainer’s character from barber shops voice”

  • siddiq ja’far

    whats sad about this speech is Berry Soetoro has no repsect for his fellow brethren. Statisically, whites commit more crime and are victims of more crime in general! True black on black crime is higher but according to the DOJ, its 94% while whites is 85%. the reason why its higher is due to proximity. This guy continuously trashes his own, of course no one looks at you funny or you dont experience what it is to be black, you have no trace of afrocentricity in you, dude is totally yurugu. He is the face of everyone that feels hatred towards us & reinforce/ validates the Zimmermans on this globe. We seriously have to put aside our differences & cut these uncle tom/ clarence thomas Niggers out ouir mist & work together. If not for us at least for our seeds, dude is setting us back

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  • theKID

    About fuckin time the PRESIDENT OF THE US addressed black ppl specifically. Dude was frontin like he was all about us b4 he got in office. I aint gon dwell on it tho. Especially if this don’t turn n2 sumthin BIGGER. He was a SENATOR of Illinois. He kno chiraq outta fuckin control. Step up OBAMA. USE THIS ATTENTION 2 HOLD MUFUCKAS ACCOUNTABLE and bring light 2 SOLUTIONS 2 the bs plaguing our ppl. B OUR PRESIDENT like u CLAIM u r.

    • obamasuxasss

      Do you really think obama cares? Come on man just look at his cabinet, most are zionist jews an the rest are some inbreds. Dont be fooled by his colour because colour means nothing, he is a devil in disguise.

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