U.S. President: “My Son Would Look Like Trayvon”

President Barack Obama speaks about the death of Trayvon Martin:

From CNN video.

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  1. Not only could his son have been Trayvon but a few decades ago HE could have been Trayvon (or at least suffered his fate).

  2. Let me explain the conversation that took place before Obama’s statement:

    Obama’s handlers: If he keeps silent, we’re going to hear more bitching from black activists and progressives who know he’s a coward in these matters. We don’t really give a damn about them, but if they keep talking loud enough, they may start getting some of our loyal supporters to start questioning what they’re supporting. If he says anything definitive and acknowledges the obvious racism here, he’ll anger Republicans who will use his words as ammunition against him (because the truth is a bad thing). He can’t afford to be truthful especially in a battle ground state like Florida. Setting aside issues or right or wrong, the correct course is to acknowledge what happened without taking a clear cut position on the matter. It’s o.k. to empathize with the victim and his parents, but make no mention of the obvious racism. Speak in such a way that makes you seem like the consensus-builder you portray yourself to be.

    Listen to him speak. Listen to the questions he asks? He doesn’t know how this could happen? He should do some soul searching because he’s lost his. He was praying to God not to say anything “wrong” (by wrong I mean morally right). Half of the clip is pregnant pauses. You know them butt cheeks were clenched tight during his comments…lol

  3. wellokaythen says:

    Excellent points. He is not just a black man, he is also a politician looking to get re-elected. He didn’t stop being a politician when he became president. Don’t ever assume that even the most sincere orator is only speaking from his heart. I don’t mean any of this as an insult, either, or a particular slam against Obama. Every political figure does this. Obama did a masterful highwire act trying to be involved without alienating too many voters one way or the other, speaking in terms that are irrefutable but don’t really call for much specifics, and getting himself on the right side of events without calling anyone to task. Another great example from American politics of the fact that being a candidate and being the incumbent are very different things.

    • Agreed. Obama is a politician and therefore what he says will be carefully crafted…of course. And yeah, I think he did a great job balancing what he wanted to say versus what he needed to say.

  4. Obama is trying to say that if he had a son he would look like the Trayvon that the media is presenting. The cute Junior High School version.
    The folks w3orking on the side of Trayvons image enhancement did two things right away. First, they sealed his school records. Second, they undid his facebook account. One could reasonably ask why.
    As it turns out, there are pics anyway of what the real Trayvon looked like more recently. I really doubt if Obama still wants to have him as a son. Not unless he wants him to be a big, scary looking black guy.
    Sooner or later the reasons for Trayvons expulsion from school will come out and we can be sure it was something they want to keep hidden.
    This is the Duke Lacrosse thing all over again. The media runs gleefully with a narrative that gratifies their favorite worldview and when the contrary forensic facts come out they try to ignore it.
    Like this one: Back in Feburary the cops had eye-witness accounts of T attacking Z as Z was withdrawing, Z. calling for help, Z. down and being punched in the head. People with a good view of things and who called 911 to get help for Z.
    This could have been in the NYTs. But it does not fit the Narrative so we can forget about it.

    • Nick, mostly says:

      I really doubt if Obama still wants to have him as a son. Not unless he wants him to be a big, scary looking black guy.
      Not unless he wants him to be a big, scary looking black guy.
      Not unless he wants him to be a big, scary looking black guy.
      Not unless he wants him to be a big, scary looking black guy.
      Not unless he wants him to be a big, scary looking black guy.
      Not unless he wants him to be a big, scary looking black guy.
      Not unless he wants him to be a big, scary looking black guy.
      Not unless he wants him to be a big, scary looking black guy.

    • Nick, mostly says:

      I wanted to sit with that quote for a while, let it reverberate around a bit, because I think quite unintentionally you’ve hit upon the problem with the Trayvon Martin case and others like it.

      When I think about what a “big scary white guy” looks like, I have images of face and neck tattoos with skulls, guns, daggers, or the word “killer” somewhere.
      When I think about what a “big scary hispanic guy” looks like, similar images appear, although with more specific tattoos such as those sported by MS-13.
      When I think about what a “big scary asian guy” looks like, my mind draws a blank.
      When I think about what a “big scary black guy” looks like, all he need be is big and black and not wearing a sweater vest.

      What is it about black men that they are inherently scary? Why do we harbor these images?
      I’ve met far more black men that are decent everyday people, fathers, brothers, friends, sons. My own father—who you would think would be the template for my image of a black male—was an ordained minister and law enforcement officer, and yet those images of black men stuck.

      It took a while for me to see my own prejudice here. And once I did I saw, for the first time, that we have alienated an entire class of people. When people treat you with fear and mistrust, it is the rare man whose instinct is to try and woo them over with impassioned pleas for understanding through gifted rhetoric. But there are a few who do, and our president—politician that he is—is one of them. He has to respond to a situation like this and not show the slightest bit of anger, lest the carefully-honed image he’s spent decades crafting revert to the default “angry black guy.”

      But not every man possesses the even temperament of Barack Obama. And those men, who society others and prejudges based on their hoodies and their skin color, can’t really be blamed when they inhabit the roles we’ve cast for them. Harassed by the police, feared by others, with crumbling schools and crushing unemployment — we shouldn’t be surprised when some choose to be every bit the big scary black guy we assume them to be.

      For my part, I recognized that I too played into these stereotypes. That is what it took for me to break free from them – recognition that the way I was relating to others was the same way others had been relating to me. And I could see that all any of us really want is to be treated with the respect and compassion we deserve as fellow humans. I shouldn’t have to work twice as hard to get that compassions because my skin is twice as dark as yours.

      This cycle will continue until we can break free of these divisive stereotypes. And it is precisely the type of rhetoric above — hurtful, bigoted rhetoric; blindly racist rhetoric; rhetoric that blames a victim for his own murder based on? his looking like a “big scary black guy” —that keeps us all from moving forward together.

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