Our First African American President Shows Up
"Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago"
(Barack Obama, July 19, 2013)
President Obama made a surprise appearance in the White House Briefing Room on the Friday afternoon after the Zimmerman verdict. He came to talk about the Trayvon Martin case, but ended up making history as our first African American president.
He made it personal, describing how he felt as a young man many years ago feeling ostracized and feared by whites. Obama laid it all out there saying how he has felt the glare of white people locking car doors when he walked by or white women clutching their purses in an elevator.
There it is. The Race Card. It was finally played in the context of the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict and the horrible "Stand Your Ground" laws in 21 states.
Mr. Obama noted that this could be a very different outcome had Trayvon Martin been of age and shot George Zimmerman because HE felt threatened. Yes Yes Yes. This is what the country needed to hear from this man.
This was the defining moment of Obama's presidency.
This was the dawning of a new age when America will need to "Wake The Fuck Up" to quote Samuel L. Jackson.
Obama pointed out that young African American males need to feel a sense of value. "How do we bolster and reinforce our young African American boys." Yes Yes Yes. Finally our black president is calling us all out for two centuries of racism overt and not so overt.
What a day.
I feel a lot better about my country and our government.
Let's see if America lines up and starts to change with this huge development.