Obama Talks Candidly About Race In Amercia

President Obama talks about race in America and the Trayvon Martin case. It is a candid, personal, powerful and sometimes painful recollection. It is more of a talk than a speech and well worth watching. He asks us all to think about race

He asks, “How do we learn some lessons from this and move in a positive direction?”  He calls for an examination of laws like “Stand Your Ground.” And he also suggests we rethink our attitudes about race. He said, “I think it’s going to be important for all of us to do some soul-searching.  There has been talk about should we convene a conversation on race.  I haven’t seen that be particularly productive when politicians try to organize conversations.  They end up being stilted and politicized, and folks are locked into the positions they already have.  On the other hand, in families and churches and workplaces, there’s the possibility that people are a little bit more honest, and at least you ask yourself your own questions about, am I wringing as much bias out of myself as I can?  Am I judging people as much as I can, based on not the color of their skin, but the content of their character?  That would, I think, be an appropriate exercise in the wake of this tragedy.”

 

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