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March 23rd, 2012
02:41 PM ET

Obama: 'If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon'

By the CNN Wire Staff

Sanford, Florida (CNN) - President Barack Obama waded into the growing national controversy of the killing of an unarmed black teenager in Florida, saying the nation should do some "soul-searching to figure out how something like this happens."

"I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and that everybody pulls together, federal state and local, to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened."

Obama said Trayvon Martin's death particularly resonated with him as an African-American parent.

"If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon," Obama said in brief remarks outside the White House.

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  1. The Truth

    So sad to see such poor comments regarding a life lost due to being Black! The President is required to speak on the behalf of all people. It is no accident that Blacks make up 12% of the population but Black Males are imprisoned more than any other race in this country. It is no accident that most schools have a 20-40% graduation rate for Black males, it is no mistake that HIV infection rates of Blacks here in America mirror that of 3rd world countries, it is no mistake that regardless of the wealth this country has gained from 400 years of unpaid labor from enslaved Africans that Blacks do not own even 1% of this countries wealth. Check out the Schott Report or books like The new Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. There is a war going on....it is simply to exterminate Black Men. No one should ever be killed for the way they look or dress.....

    March 25, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Disgusted

      Blacks murder, rape, rob whites and other races ALL the time. At far greater rates than vice-versa. Just check the DOJ crime stats regarding race if you are still confused of that fact. Only difference is the media and racist black race hustlers do not run wild with those stories. In fact, they ALWAYS scream racism when race is mentioned during a black on white crime report. Guess it's not PC enough for them. As one example, I doubt you've even heard of the murders of James Cooper and James Kouzaris for walking while white in a black neighborhood. The 16 yr old punk who shot them claims it was a robbery but both suspects had wallets, money, and other valuables on their possesion when found dead. It is directly because of young punks like Shawn Tyson that Florida (And many other states) have a stand you ground law.

      March 26, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
      • The Truth

        Do your research. Most Blacks who are incarcerated are incarcerated due to non violent crimes. Felony convictions due to Drugs. You people kill me trying to associate every Black Man and Woman with violence. Stop your HATE!

        March 26, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • The Truth

        Secondly, how many Whites are racially profiled by the Police? That is where you will really see that all things are not equal for everyone in this country. I know....I know...There is no convincing you; you are a typical American who feeds into the Media and stereotypes of how Blacks are portrayed.

        Slavery was "ended" in 1865. However they replaced the free labor received from Blacks with Black Codes in the late 1800's – early 1900's and with the so called "WAR ON DRUGS" in the 1980's with the same group of people... BLACKS.
        Open your eyes!

        March 26, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Troy

    Obama just sided with Sharpton, Jackson, and the unemployed wellfare leeches who seem to have all the time in the world to agitate for race war. Is anyone really suprised?

    March 25, 2012 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Disgusted

      Not at all. It's predictable. Funny thing is these are the very same clowns who scream "racism" when race is made an issue during any of the thousands of black on white assualts, murders, rapes, which take place annually. Time to get Obama and his racist attorney general, Eric Holder, out of office.

      March 26, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cardinal Ratzinger

    If the president is coming forward Mr. Zimmerman should start saying goodbye to an impartial procedure and he'd better start packing because he will be imprisoned sooner or later . It seems like the wish of the mob is becoming the new law of the land. Shame.

    March 23, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Disgusted

      Exactly as has happened in post aparthied South Africa. America is next if people do not wake up to these bozos. Time for people to step up.

      March 26, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. JoeSmitters

    Or....he....could come out looking like a black Newt Gingrich/Rick Santorum hybrid. You never know!

    March 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |