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Melissa Harris-Perry: Obama’s Trayvon Martin Remarks Are ‘Absolutely Historic’

President Obama’s remarks today on the Trayvon Martin shooting are “absolutely historic,” according to MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry.

Harris-Perry gushed about the president’s remarks, explaining that his brief press conference represented a revolutionary shift in American race relations. By personalizing the narrative of racial discrimination, the president did something “completely unique,” Harris-Perry said. It’s so groundbreaking, she explained, “I’m not even sure we can fully capture how important it is.”  

She compared the Zimmerman verdict to the Children’s Crusade, a 1963 march that resulted in one of the most brutal crackdowns of the civil-rights movement.

She concluded: “Just that recognition of the humanity and the history of black people from the president of the United States is absolutely historic.”

Obama expressed his personal feelings on the Zimmerman verdict in a surprise appearance earlier today, telling the press: “You know when Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is, that Trayvon Martin could’ve been me, 35 years ago.”

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