Honoring Trayvon Martin

Barack Obama's official response to the "not guilty" verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman was classic community organizer muckraking: present yourself as urging calm, but position yourself firmly on the side of the "victims of social injustice." Here is Obama's complete statement: 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...(Read Full Article)