Milwaukeeans react to Obama speech on Trayvon Martin verdict
In a rare and public reflection on race, President Barack Obama called on the nation Friday to do some soul searching over the death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his shooter, saying the slain black teenager " could have been me 35 years ago ."
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Since: Mar 12
#1 Jul 20, 2013
So Obama takes the opportunity to talk about one of thousands of people killed each year. All of the others are less important?? Why don't we make as big a deal when a black shoots a black or a white shoots a white. Typical media picking and choosing what will stir the pot not what's actually news. Oh and by the way Zimmerman is Hispanic so what does this have to do with the race card which is typically played when and only when it's white on black violence. Did the media assume Zimmerman was white from his name that is German.
#2 Aug 4, 2013
Zimmerman isn't German. It's a Jewish name. Regardless....Your point is well taken. It's the MEDIA who are tearing a part our country. THEY pick n choose, pick n choose with out impunity.
#3 Aug 4, 2013
short answer is because it is politically and more importantly to obama and holder racially opportunistic to keep the issue up front. they could care less about the other murders occurring daily if their is no political gain by it.
#4 Aug 4, 2013
When did Obama react? 2 weeks ago? Has Milwaukee sobered up?
#5 Aug 7, 2013
Unfortunately, Trayvon Martin was not Barak Obama's son and u like Barak was not raised by white folks in an middle class home taking advantage of every schollarship available to "disadvantaged" black kids.
While Trayvon parent's were apparently educated and tried to do the best for their son they still raised their child in a "village" that praises thugism, raps about guns , rape, and murder as matter of fact life experiences. In a society that doesn't think it strange for 17 year old's to have a "grill" to enhance a thug look and doesn't find it too troubling to be thrown out of school for fighting; how in the world do they find it amazing when the rest of the world doesn't want this kid meandering aimlessly in their back yard.
If folk's don't want to be singled out by the "majority" for be "caught black while walking", maybe they should not try to enhance their appearance of criminality and thuggishness while walking.
I suspect that wanttabe black "wiggers" dressed like thugs or "skate rats" may have drawn as much negative attention from Zimmerman as Trayvon and should probably be careful about walking behind the homes of people that had been recently robbed.
Clearly, Trayvon should still be alive ,but the press , his parents, their community I are all culpable. The press by implying this was a clean cut 13 -15 year old in the press release pictures when he may have been a troubled kid from a split household , smoking a a "blunt" , a little stoned, thinking I'll teach this "cracker" to follow me! His parent's for not slapping that "grill" right out of his face or better yet not letting a son just suspended from school off their front step and the community for embrassing instead of ostracizing the football, baketball players , rappers who praise violence, thuggery and all manner of poor behavior and public deportment instead of the too few really good examples of hard work in their community.
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