You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.
There are very few African American men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are very few African American men who haven't had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me -- at least before I was a senator. There are very few African Americans who haven't had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.
Actor James Woods responds to Obama's "car doors" remark:
Actor James Woods: 'People Lock Their Car Doors When Obama Walks By...They're Afraid He'll Tax Them to Death' http://t.co/XeTKOK5KlX— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) July 20, 2013
Woods tweeted some other thoughts about Obama in the wake of his remarks about Trayvon Martin yesterday.
The race issues in America that have bedeviled this nation for decades could be greatly resolved with JOBS and EDUCATION and SKILLS TRAINING— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) July 20, 2013
I wish Obama would focus on the economy rather than race-baiting and dividing the country.
His agenda to polarize Americans is a disgrace.