WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, in his first public comments about the verdict in the Trayvon Martin shooting death, delivered on Friday some of his most extensive and personal remarks on race since entering the White House as he described what it’s like to be a black man in America.
“When Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” Obama said in an unscheduled appearance before reporters at the White House. “It’s important to recognize that the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.”
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