President Barack Obama addressed the Trayvon Martin trial outcome directly at a news conference on friday. He specifically articulated the experiences of black American men and boys from a personal point of view, as a black man.
"I just ask people to consider, if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman, who had followed him in a car, because he felt threatened? And if the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, then it seems to me that we might want to examine those kinds of laws,"