WASHINGTON — Instead on focusing on the country’s $16 trillion debt, surging unemployment, a stagnant economy and global conflicts, President Barack Obama gave a speech last Friday on the Trayvon Martin case.
News outlets like Reuters report that Obama’s most important quote was that Martin “could have been me, 35 years ago”. He also disparaged Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which was never used as a defense for Zimmerman during the trial.
However, the news outlets do not point out how Obama was raised in Hawaii, which is not known for racist sentiment and more known for its beaches, sun and surfing. The media focused on how the Trayvon Martin case is a case, in their minds, of blatant racism on George Zimmerman’s part.
The media also ignored how the “Stand Your Ground” law was not under scrutiny during the trial, just as Obama did during his divisive speech.
Once called a uniter, a president that could bring “hope and change” to America, Obama seems to be more of a divider and instigator in the White House.
Trayvon Martin was a 17-year-old teenager who was followed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, and was killed in a scuffle with Zimmerman. The news media seemed to beg the jury, who acquitted Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges, to convict Zimmerman.
Charles Barkley, NBA legend, gave his insight and called the incident tragic, but that he cannot trust the media because of their “hidden agenda” and how through this trial, they gave “racists” a “platform” for their views.