President Obama on the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case

President Obama discussing the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case at a press briefing today: “When you think about why in the African-American community, at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, it’s important to recognize the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and history that doesn’t go away.”

Emphasis mine. The case continues to have societal resonance, in large part because of the history of past violence against African Americans, such as riots and lynchings during the Red Summer.

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