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Watching the debate over the course of the last week.
It might be useful for me to expand -- -- possible.
First of all.
I want to make sure that.
I send my thoughts and prayers walls and shelves to the family.
A -- -- mark.
And to remark along the incredible grace and dignity.
With which they've dealt with -- the entire situation.
I can only imagine what they're going through its.
It's remarkable how -- panels -- The second.
They -- -- -- to reiterate what I said on Sunday which is -- going to be a lot of arguments about believe legal issues in the case.
All the legal analysts.
And Talking Heads addressed those issues.
The judge conducted the trial of professional manner.
The prosecution and the defense.
Made their arguments.
The juries were properly instructed.
In a in a case.
Such as this reasonable doubt was -- And they rendered a verdict.
And once the -- spoken that's our system works.
But I didn't want to just talk a little bit about context.
And how people responded to it and and how people -- feeling.
Win that trip on -- was -- shot.
I said that this could have been much sought.
Another way of saying that is a -- on -- could have been me.
35 years ago.
And when you think about why in the African American community at -- There's a lot of pain around.
What happened here.
I think it's important to recognize that.
The African American community is looking.
At this issue through.
A set of experiences.
And and -- history.
That doesn't go away.
There are very few African American men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed when they were shopping -- department -- That includes me.
There for very very few African American man who have never experienced.
Walking across the street and hearing.
A lot split on the doors of cars.
That happens to me at least before it was -- senator.
They're very few African Americans who have never experience of getting on elevator and a woman clutching her first.
And holding her breath.
Until -- just to get -- That happens.
-- And I don't want to exaggerate this but.
Both sets of experiences in form.
How they -- American community interprets.
And it's inescapable.
To bring those experiences very.
The after -- -- also knowledgeable that.
There is a history.
Racial disparities in the application of work from -- -- Everything from the death penalty to enforcement.
Of our drug laws.
And that ends up having an impact in terms of golf.
People interpret the case.
Now this is -- every American communities and I -- about the fact that.
Involved in criminal justice system.
That they are disproportionately.
Both victims and perpetrators.
It's not to make excuses.
For that fact although.
Black folks do and -- The reasons for that in a historical context we understand that some of the violence that takes place -- Poor white neighborhoods around the country.
Is born out of very violent past in this country.
And that the poverty and dysfunction.
That we see in those communities.
Can be traced to.
A very difficult history.
And so the fact that sometimes that's -- acknowledged.
Adds to the frustration.
And the fact that.
A lot after American boys are painted it with a broad brush.
And the excuses given welder these statistics out -- that show that African American.
Boys are more violent.
Using that as an excuse.
To -- see.
-- treated differently.
Causes -- I think -- have been hurt me is also not not even understanding that statistically.
Some electorate on -- was prior.
Statistically more likely to be shot by.
Appear there was by.
So folks understand.
The challenges that exist.
For African American -- But they get frustrated I think if they feel that there's no context.
-- in that context is being denied.
And and that all contributes I think to a sense.
If a white.
Male -- was involved in.
The same kind of scenario.
From top to bottom.
Both the outcome.
And the aftermath might have been different.
The question for me at least and and I think for a lot of folks as.
Where we take this we.
Learn some lessons from this and -- move in a positive direction.
I think it's understandable that there have been demonstrations.
Protests and some of that stuff is just gonna have to work its way through as long as it remains nonviolent.
If I see any violence than we'll remind folks that.
That this honors.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- But beyond.
-- vigils question -- -- -- factory things that we might you would do.
I know that Eric Holder is is reviewing what happened.
Down there but I think it's important for people -- have some clear expectations here traditionally these are issues.
State and local government.
The criminal code and law enforcement has traditionally done at the state and local levels not at the federal -- That doesn't mean though that.
As a nation.
Do some things that I think would be productive.
So let me just give a couple of specifics that.
I'm still bouncing around with my staff.
Those were not rolling out some five point plan but some areas.
-- I think all of us could potentially focus.
Number one precisely because.
Law enforcement is often.
-- determined that the state and local level.
And it be productive.
The Justice Department governors mayors.
To work with law enforcement about training at the state and local levels.
In order -- Reduce.
The kind of -- trust.
In the system that sometimes currently exists you know when I was in -- -- -- I passed racial profiling legislation.
And actually did just two simple -- -- -- collected data on traffic stops.
And the race of the person who was stopped but the other thing was that resource.
Across the state.
On how to think about.
Racial bias and ways to further professional lives what they were doing and initially the police departments across the state were resistant but actually they came to recognize that if it was done in a fair straightforward way.
That it would allow them to do their jobs better and communities.
Would have more confidence in them.
In turn be more helpful and in applying the law and obviously law enforcement -- -- -- tough job.
So that's one area where I think there -- a lot of resources and best practices that could be.
Brought to bear if state and local governments.
Are receptive and I think a lot of them would be and then let's figure out other ways for us to push out there kind of trend.
Along the same lines I think would be useful for us to examine.
Some state and and local laws to see if it.
If there are.
Designed in such a way that they may encourage.
The -- altercations and confrontations and -- that we saw.
In the Florida case rather than diffuse.
I know that there's been commentary about the fact that the stand your ground laws in Florida where -- used as defense in the case.
On the other hand if we're sending a message.
As a society and our communities that.
Someone who was armed.
Potentially has the right to.
Use those firearms.
Even if there's a way for them exit.
From a situation.
Is that really going to be contributing to the kind of peace and security in order that we'd like to -- And for those who.
Who resist that idea that we should.
Think about something like -- standard -- laws I just ask people to consider.
It straight Ron Martin wasn't of -- and armed.
Could he have stood his ground on that -- And do we actually think that.
He would've been justified shooting mr.
Who would follow him in a car because he felt threatened.
And if the answer.
To that question is at least ambiguous.
Seems to me that we might want to examine most pass -- Number three.
And this is a long term project.
We need to spend some time thinking about how -- we -- and reinforce.
Our American ports.
And this is Simon Michelle and I talked a lot of there'll -- a lot of kids out there who.
Need help we're doing a lot of negative reinforcement.
And just the more the -- can -- -- Give them a sense that.
Their country cares about them and values.
And is willing to invest in them.
And I -- about the prospects of some brand new federal program I'm not sure -- that's what we're.
Talking about it but I I do recognize that as president I've got some convening power and is there a lot of good programs that are.
Being done across the country.
On this front and for us to be able -- gather together business leaders.
Local elected officials clergy and celebrities and athletes and figure out how we.
Doing a better job.
Young African American -- -- part of this society and that.
They've got pathways and avenues.
I think that would be.
Pretty good outcome from -- was obviously tragic situation we're gonna spend some time working on map and thinking about.
And then finally.
I think it's going to be important for all of us to do some soul search.
The other news talk about should we convene a conversation on race.
I haven't seen that be particularly productive when.
Politicians try to.
Conversations they end -- being stilted and politicized and folks.
Are locked into the positions -- have.
On the other hand and families and churches.
There's a possibility that people are over more Austin.
At least yes yourself your own questions about.
-- -- ringing.
As much bias out of myself as I can am -- judging people as much as I can based on.
Not the color -- skin but the content of their character.
I think beer and appropriate.
In the wake of the stretch.
And let me just -- -- -- With a final thought that.
As difficult and challenging as.
This whole episode has been for a lot of people.
I don't want us to lose sight that things are getting better.
Each successive generation.
Seems to be making progress and changing attitudes when it comes to race I mean -- post racial society doesn't mean that.
Racism is eliminated.
But you know when I talked -- Malia and Sasha.
And I've listened to their friends and I see them interact.
They're better than we -- They're better than we work on these issues.
And that's true in every community that I visited all across the country.
-- we have to be vigilant and we have to.
Work on these issues and those of us and authority should be doing everything we can't encourage the better angels -- nature as opposed to.
But we should also.
Have confidence that.
These days I think have more sense than.
We did back then and certainly more than our parents -- or grandparents and that.
Long difficult journey.
-- -- Becoming.
A more perfect.
Not a perfect.
But a more perfect.
Thank you -- -- didn't value enough.
He's not a -- can't let it.
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