“I was Trayvon 35 years ago,” Obama said. “I could have done the same. I could have overreacted when someone followed me to check what I was doing in a gated community at night. I could have told my girlfriend I was going to fight this guy and attack him,” an emotional president said.
“I could have knocked Zimmerman down to the ground, broken his nose, banged his head against the concrete and shouted that he was going to die tonight. And then, when I saw Zimmerman had a gun, I could have reached for it, making Zimmerman grab it for fear of his life and shoot me first.”
“This is the reality of being a black man in America,” Obama said. “You get singled out and shot and murdered for no reason whatsoever, just because of racist stereotyping from the guy you are trying to kill.”
“When an elderly Asian woman locks her car doors just because eight black youths wearing gangsta rap clothes are coming down the road, that really hurts our feelings,” Obama said.
The American public gave the president their support on the internet after the president’s remarks, with many people writing that it was racist of Zimmerman to resist whatever Trayvon Martin was doing to him.