"Trayvon Martin could have been me..."
By now I'm sure many of you who might bother to read this have heard a great deal about the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and the "not guilty" verdict rendered by a court in Sanford, Florida, against the man who shot him, George Zimmerman, during an altercation for which he was the only witness to the full events of that tragic event.
Now we have this from the White House....What the President spoke about I feel goes beyond one event, one verdict, one news story that has received so much attention. I have known black co-workers, neighbors and friends and some of them have shared the stories of their struggles in daily lives, struggles with white-on-black profiling and police harassment that I as a white person have never had to experience. That is why I think what President Obama said is important; not because of one criminal case in Florida. He said things that needed to be said about race and identity in the USA that others would consign to the past or search for ways to excuse.
Say what you might about other issues and other actions by this President, but today he said something important, something beyond the partisan and transient, something that reflects a truth about our nation. This is what a leader is supposed to do.