“Trayvon Martin Could’ve Been Me”: President Obama Addresses the Nation

July 19, 2013  |  
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When the jury brought back the not guilty verdict in the Zimmerman trial, people across the country were shocked. Protesters filled the streets, asking for justice for Trayvon Martin. The President asked hoped people would use their anger constructively, especially to change gun control laws. But today in a surprise appearance in the White House press room, he gave a statement to give context to the case and silence people who insist race had nothing to do with the case.

Most movingly, he said, “Trayvon Martin could’ve been me 35 years ago.” We’re proud of Obama for making this statement, putting into context everything we feel. Watch the rest of his statement below.

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