President Barack Obama waded into the growing national controversy of the killing of an unarmed black teenager in Florida, saying Trayvon Martin’s death particularly resonated with him as an African-American parent.
“If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon,” Obama said in brief remarks outside the White House.
Obama said the nation should do some “soul-searching to figure out how something like this happens.”
“I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and that everybody pulls together, federal, state and local, to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened,” Obama said.
I do not think it is wise for the president to further inject race into the incident, when it’s not quite clear what role, if any, skin color played.