President Barack Obama released his statement on George Zimmerman’s verdict on Sunday and asked every American to respect the call for ‘calm reflection’ from Trayvon Martin’s parents.
Zimmerman walked free from criminal charges, cleared by a Florida jury on Sunday, in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. But he is still under fire from civil rights leaders and critics who are dismayed by the verdict. And judging by the U.S. President’s statement, he probably feels the same:
“The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.”
People Have Issues With Obama’s Statement:
Shortly after Obama’s statement on George Zimmerman’s acquittal was released, people against the verdict stormed the internet with comments that the President failed to address the main issue with the whole trial and ruling, and that is racism.
Obama did nothing to address the race issue surrounding this trial in his statement about the Zimmerman verdict.— Sammy (@sammanthaaaa_) July 15, 2013
Some are also accusing the president of taking making the most of the trial and politicizing it by mentioning gun control:
Obama really can't do anything about the Trayvon Martin case.— ?Nubian Princess? (@Hushh_ImTweetin) July 15, 2013
Now Obama in this trying to use trayvon Martin as an example to ban gun control. Didn't they already do this... Sandy Hook anybody?— Melissa Marrero (@melissa_1231) July 15, 2013
So what is your reaction? Do share your opinions in the comments section below.