Local residents react to Obama’s comments
President Barack Obama on Friday talked about the Trayvon Martin verdict.
Rally for Trayvon Martin scheduled
The Coalition (People United To Take Back Our Community) will hold a Justice for Trayvon Martin rally from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the U.S. Customhouse steps at 200 E. Bay St.
The rally is in support of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s pledge to hold rallies in 100 cities across the country to press for federal civil rights charges to be filed against George Zimmerman.
Scheduled to speak are state Rep. Wendell Gilliard, Marlon Kimpson, Dot Scott, Ed Bryant, Thaddeus John Bell, the Rev. Dr. Jimmy Gallant, James Johnson and Thomas Dixon.
For details, call James Johnson at 843-532-0787 or Thomas Dixon at 843-437-1949.
The Post and Courier asked people if they think his comments will help Americans understand and move on.
Here are some of their responses:
“I don’t really care what Obama has to say about racially profiling and murdering teenagers. In 2011 Obama profiled and murdered a 16-year-old American citizen named Abdulrahman al-Awlaki. When asked about it, Robert Gibbs said if he didn’t want to be killed he ‘should have (had) a far more responsible father.’ Can you imagine what would happen if a Republican said that about Trayvon Martin?
I’d rather read what someone like Ta-Nehisi Coates or Jelani Cobb has to say instead.”
Jeremy McLellan, Charleston
“It is what I have been trying to articulate all week!”
Pat Jones, Charleston
“The president is very much enjoying this distraction from his own failings, and I imagine he’ll milk it for all it is worth.”
Jimmy Ryan, Isle of Palms
“I think his comments were certainly fueling a fire. ... His comments were narrow in their scope but yet broad in how he referred to the African-American community as whole. Bigger than any of this what truly upsets me is that the ‘light’ has been taken off of the fact that a young man was murdered and a family lost their son ... regardless of color, he was a young man and a son, a friend ... many people (of a variety of skin colors) are now using this boy’s murder for their agenda and it is disgusting.
Renee Eubanks, Mount Pleasant
“As a black man, I agreed with what he said. He talked about things we have all experienced. At the same time, I think it’s time for us to move on, start healing.”
Robert Pinckney, Summerville