The Trayvon Martin tragedy has made its way all the way to the White House. Earlier this morning, President Obama addressed the the senseless killing with a touching speech.

“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon. I think [Trayvon’s parents] are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves, and we are going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened. Obviously, this is a tragedy. I can only imagine what these parents are going through, and when I think about this, I think about my own kids, and I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and everybody aspect of this, and that everybody pulls together — federal, state and local — to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened. I think all of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how does something like this happen. And that means we examine the laws and the context for what happened, as well as the specifics of the incident.”

After all the public protest, the Dept of Justice is looking into his murder, why the shooter was not arrested, and the actual Florida state law “Stand Your Ground” that “gives the benefit of the doubt to a person who claims self-defense, regardless of whether the killing takes place on a street, etc.”

That law is what allowed Zimmerman to go free. It’s been promoted by gun-proponents, but opposed by law enforcement. But it still exists in Florida and 21 other states. (via NYTimes)

A photo of the Miami Heat dressed in their hoodie warm ups to pay tribute to Trayvon Martin after the jump.


Lebron James and his Miami Heat teammates showed their outrage at the “hoodie-wearing” profiling aspect of the Trayvon Martin tragedy by posting this photo on twitter, along with the hashtags: #WeAreTrayvonMartin #Hoodies #Stereotyped #WeWantJustice

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