Many have wondered if his African American stance began to emerge months ago when he commented on the Trayvon Martin murder. " If I had a son he would look like Trayvon."
His comment spoke to a deep seeded empathy, and identification with this narrative. In the days following the George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict, the world waited with baited breathe for the presidents response.
President Obama spoke in deeply personal and revealing terms about the nation’s racial divides on Friday afternoon, moved by the acquittal and resulting controversy in the Trayvon Martin murder case to comment publicly on a subject he had conspicuously avoided during his first term as president.
Speaking without notes or a teleprompter in a surprise appearance in the White House press room, the president highlighted what he called the lingering racial tensions in American life and called on citizens to do some “soul-searching’’ about their attitudes.