Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida a month ago by George Zimmerman, 26, who claims he was acting in self-defense. But the fact that Martin, 17, was unarmed has led some to believe this was a case of racial profiling.
President Obama spoke about the issue, one which has started a movement across America. “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” the president said.
Republican primary candidate Newt Gingrich took those words to mean that Obama would not have cared as much if the victim had been of a different ethnicity.
“We should all be horrified, no matter what the ethnic background. Is the president suggesting that, if it had been a white who’d been shot, that would be OK, because it wouldn’t look like him? That’s just nonsense,” Gingrich said.
Rick Santorum said Obama should ”not use these types of horrible and tragic individual cases to try to drive a wedge in America.”
I don’t believe Obama was attempting to “drive a wedge” or suggesting the color of a person’s skin dictates how whether or not it is okay for them to be killed. It is a sad day when even the tragic death of a young teenager has politicians arguing, and when the wording of public statements is debated more than the issue of violence.