Earlier today President Obama finally provided America with his reaction to the Zimmerman verdict. According to an article in the NY Times, he said that, “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.” I doubt that Obama was that angry and violent.
The most interesting comment in the article was Obama’s lament that young African-American males are treated as suspicious by the American public, and he listed the following examples:
- “… being followed while shopping in a department store, hearing the click of car doors locking as they cross a street, or watching as women clutch their purses nervously when they step onto an elevator.”
My question is how do we address this concern. Are department stores supposed to look the other way or drivers and women supposed to ignore their concerns? Or should we recognize these are natural symptoms to a culture where young African-American males inordinately commit in crime. Some may call this a chicken-egg conundrum; I suggest that President Obama is treating the symptom instead of the cure.