Obama Speaks Out on Trayvon Martin Killing

Trayvon Martin and the shot heard around the world
Revulsion at the way Florida police waved him on is universal, but gunman George Zimmerman is still at large and armed

Obama Speaks Out on Trayvon Martin Killing
The comments by Mr. Obama were his first on the explosive case in which a neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, has claimed self-defense after shooting Mr. Martin several weeks ago. The case has generated outrage about the state’s so-called Stand Your Ground law.

Obama: ‘If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon’
“When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids,” Obama said in the Rose Garden. “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 pull together.”
Obama has come under fire from some black leaders for failing to comment on a case that has become a major national story — and brought thousands of Americans into the streets for demonstrations calling for the arrest of Martin’s shooter. One black leader even wondered why Obama called a Georgetown student who was attacked by Rush Limbaugh but not Martin’s family. Obama’s comments Friday represent the first time the president has addressed the growing controversy.

WH on Monday: Trayvon case a ‘local’ matter
President Obama personally addressed the Treyvon Miller shooting controversy this morning, but just four days earlier, the White House was taking a different position.

Trayvon Martin rally draws thousands calling for arrest
Demonstrators gather at Florida rally in memory of Trayvon Martin calling for the arrest of George Zimmerman

Sharpton emcees racially-focused Sanford rally, warns against use of violence
The Rev. Al Sharpton, an MSNBC host and liberal political figure, riled up a mostly-black Sanford, Fla., crowd on Thursday night in the wake of the killing of 17-year-old student Trayvon Martin.

Geraldo Rivera blames Trayvon Martin’s death on his hoodie
The Fox News contributor sparked immediate outrage with his comments

We Are Hurting Without Trayvon, Says Whole World Except People At Fox News
Outrage and actions still growing in the wake of the Florida murder of Trayvon Martin: a new police chief and prosecutor, possible civil rights and grand jury charges, much angry commentary, a Million Hoodie March in New York, a Change.org petition that has now garnered over a million and a half signatures, many bearing poignant comments. Over at Fox News, though, readers have declared Martin “a little thug ghetto monkey.” Just wow.

Farrakhan Tweets: ‘Where There Is No Justice, There Will Be No Peace…Law of Retaliation May…Be Applied’
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has been among the vocal voices weighing in on calls for justice for Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old who was gunned down last month while walking home in Sanford, Florida.

More Trayvon Martin Walkouts at Miami Schools
Hundreds of students at several South Florida high schools staged walkouts Friday morning in a massive protest against the lack of an arrest in the Trayvon Martin shooting.

Imagining a white Trayvon Martin — and a black George Zimmerman
We don’t have to stretch too far to imagine how the culture and justice system would react

The Trayvon Martin Case Stirs Hollywood, Splits the Media

Florida rep. on Trayvon Martin case: ‘We’re not trying to make it racial. It is racial’

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