Zimmerman Brother: Obama Bullied My Family



“You know, we kind of saw an escalation. It certainly didn’t start out with President Obama talking about the incident. It kind of made its way up the chain through the Justice Department, then through his press secretary in the briefing room of the White House addressed it somewhat. Finally the president was asked a question about in in the Rose Garden. And I thought that was the right setting to be really presidential and post-racial and make a very strong statement about America being a country of laws, a country that’s governed by order and principled tradition. And it sounded like the president was going to go in that direction in the beginning of his remarks.

Later he brought up his skin color and his unborn or theoretical son looking like Trayvon Martin. I think that initially the comments kind of struck as the tone of a condolence, but the magnitude of the office of the person saying them didn’t sit well. It kind of made us feel bullied. Here was the president, who in many people’s eyes, was the single most important catalyst of our time, perhaps of our lifetime, of finally getting our country to a place where race, and distinction of race or polarization of race would be a thing of the past. And here was this president, from the backdrop of the Rose Garden, making comments about someone based on his skin color. I think we felt bullied, we were a little let down initially, and that disappointment grew because if you don’t have the support of at least the law on your side, of the most powerful man in the Western Hemisphere reminding the world that it is entitled to watch, reminding Americans that the world is watching and that we will get through this with due process, but instead bringing up statements about his skin color, it was alarming to say the least.”

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