In the wake of the horrific George Zimmerman verdict – which acquitted him of 2nd degree murder – President Obama responded with an official statement.
The POTUS maintains that in spite of the tragedy, the legal process has run its course.
He says it is now time for reflection.
The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.
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The BYP100 – a collection of young black activists brought together by the Black Youth Project – have also spoken out on this tragedy.