Obama Recognizes Trayvon Martin To Honor Black History Month

Relevant part begins around 6:20:

No, Trayvon Martin is not Emmett Till. He isn’t Rosa Parks. He was a 17 year old who, evidence indicates, was beating another man’s head into concrete. Perhaps even, if one were to believe his friend Rachel Jeantel, whom he was on the phone with at the time, because he thought George Zimmerman was gay.

You may feel that here is a young life lost who didn’t have to be lost. But to lump him together with civil rights heroes, as part of the “collective struggle” of “the movement”? That’s exactly what Obama does here.

“[Referencing civil rights heroes] One month a year is not sufficient to take on their example and to celebrate the power of a movement. That’s something that we have to do, each and every one of us, every day, living up to their example, then handing it on to our children, and our children’s children. Today, on the third anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death, showing all of our kids, all of them, every single day, that their lives matter, that’s part of our task. I want to thank Trayvon’s parents for being here, on what’s a very difficult day for them. [Michelle Obama claps loudly] It takes all of us to show our young people, as Ms. Atkins puts it, that where we are today didn’t come easy, it came through thick and thin. “That’s why I tell my children,” she says, “To stand up for what’s right”. That’s a simple thing to say. Sometimes it’s hard to do. But progress in this nation happens only because of seemingly ordinary people find the courage to stand up for what is right. Not just when it’s easy, but when it’s hard. Not just when it’s convenient, but when it’s challenging. We don’t set aside this month each year to isolate or segregate, put under a glass case, black history, we set it aside to illuminate those threads, those living threads that African Americans have woven into the tight tapestry of this nation.”

Your own DOJ despite every effort to do so, can’t find anything to charge George Zimmerman with because there are no facts to suggest that Trayvon Martin was attacked or killed because of his race, but all manner of facts to indicate he was the aggressor.

You do “the movement” an injustice, civil rights heroes an injustice, when you seek to lump Trayvon Martin as one among them.

If that was “the movement” you actually meant. Because it sounds a lot more like a hat tip in language to the anti-capitalist anti-U.S. revolutionaries #BlackLivesMatter crazies, whose time is already past. If Rosa Parks were riding the bus trying to get home today, these are the people who would have blocked it. They are the bigots they are waiting for. HaTTiP

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