By: M. Kita Williams – THEFFECTMEDIA
July 19, 2013
Lincoln University, PA – Today President Obama may have delivered his most powerful address on race in the U.S. , interpreting to the world the context of experiences of African-American males in the United States.
The President spoke of personal experiences where he had crossed the street in earlier years and could hear car doors suddenly locking. He shared how he also experienced first-hand, women clutching their purses when he would ride in elevators with them, prior to his famous political career.
Obama continued that, “The African American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws… everything from the death penalty to the enforcement of our drug laws …and that ends up having an impact on terms of how people interpret the case.”
The President asked of everyone to in effect, look in the mirror while evaluating some very difficult questions including, “If Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman, who had followed him in a car because he felt threatened? And if the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, then it seem to me that we might want to examine those kinds of laws.”
Please see ABCNEWS.COM video via President Obama: Lessons From Trayvon Martin’s Death