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Obama understands Trayvon’s historical and political importance

By Chidike Okeem

CALIFORNIA, July 22, 2013 — One of the unmistakable points from President Obama’s recent speech on race in America is that, unlike his lamentably myopic political opponents, Obama recognizes Trayvon Martin’s historical and political importance.

Obama is aware of the fact that the shooting death of Trayvon Martin will be a significant part of both his story as president and of 21st century civil rights history. Given that Obama frivolously comments on many different news stories, he knew that he cannot, as the first black President of the United States, be visibly absent on an issue that has caused so much pain in the black community.