Obama Injects Himself Into the Martin Case Again

President Obama publicly and personally addressed the Trayvon Martin case for  the first time since George Zimmerman was acquitted nearly a week ago, saying  Friday that the black community is feeling “pain” because of the country’s  racial “history” and going on to question so-called “stand-your-ground”  laws.

The president delivered extensive remarks during a surprise appearance in the  White House briefing room. He went far beyond his remarks a year ago in which he  stirred controversy by saying if he had a son, he’d look like Martin.

“Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years  ago,” Obama said.

The president used the highly personal comments to, in his words, put the  angst in the black community in “context.” And he also appeared to give his  support to Attorney General Eric Holder’s call earlier in the week for a review  of “stand-your-ground” laws. The laws allow people to use lethal force if they  feel threatened — even if they might have the option of retreating.

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