‘Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,’ Barack Obama says in emotional plea for ‘soul searching’ after Zimmerman verdict

National Post | News

WASHINGTON — President Barack grappled with the Trayvon Martin case in the most personal of terms on Friday, telling Americans that the slain youth “could have been me 35 years ago” and urging them to do some soul searching about their attitudes on race.

The nation’s first black president said the nation needs to look for ways to move forward after the shooting and trial in Florida. And he said it may be time to take a hard look at “stand your ground” self-defense laws, questioning whether they contribute “to the kind of peace and security and order that we’d like to see.”

“Where do we take this?” Obama wondered aloud during an unscheduled appearance in the White House briefing room. “How do we learn some lessons from this and move in a positive direction?”

His appearance marked his first extended comments on the Martin case since neighborhood watch volunteer…

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