President Obama made a surprise appearance today to speak about the controversial George Zimmerman trial verdict. Apparently, the President had been waiting for the right moment to express his views. Today was that moment.
In his speech, the President expressed some more of his sentiment from last year about how Trayvon Martin could have been him 35 years ago or his son. He also expressed his opinion that if Trayvon had been white, perhaps the outcome might have been different. Then, he touched on the “Stand Your Ground” laws, challenging whether they make sense in light of today’s society and all that has happened.
This speech is going to stoke a lot of controversy and debate. First of all, it’s hard to say if a President of the United States has ever presented an address that was on one side of a racial division like this speech. Now, the debate, of course, is whether that was right or wrong. On the one hand, Obama’s comments are heartfelt and he is an African American. He tries to explain how the African American community views things through the lens of what their people have been through historically. That’s certainly true, but the other side of the argument is that to think that way only lengthens the racial divide, and to debate a jury’s verdict on live television and question what should be a legal issue as being a racial one is provocative, no doubt.
What do you think? Is Obama out of bounds here? Or is he trying to repair a broken nation’s psyche? And why is he so interested in the “Stand Your Ground” laws when they were not the focus of the trial that he was referencing. Trayvon Martin’s death had nothing to do with these laws. It does kind of smell like maybe he’s trying to take advantage of the whole mess to push an agenda that is just an extension of the gun control movement he’s been pushing ever since Newtown.
You be the judge. Let us know what you think.