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In Wake of Zimmerman Verdict, Obama Makes Extensive Statement on Race in America

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July 19, 2013 AT 2:55 PM
President Barack Obama addressed the verdict in the Trayvon Martin killing, speaking in personal terms about the experience of being a black man in the U.S., trying to put the case in the perspective of African-Americans. Obama saying that the African-American community sees the case through a set of experiences and history. Adding that there are very few African-American men in this country -- including himself -- who haven?t had the experience of being followed while shopping at a department store.