President Barack Obama dropped in to the Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Tuesday night where he discussed a number of issues, including the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
To kick off the topic, Leno complimented the President on how eloquently he spoke during his speech after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of Martin.
“I can tell you were speaking from the heart,” Leno shared.
Obama responded, “I think all of us were troubled by what happened, and any of us who are parents can imagine the heartache that those parents went through.”
“It doesn’t mean that Trayvon was a perfect kid, none of us were … You’re a teenager, especially a teenage boy, you’re gonna mess up and you won’t always have the best judgment,” he said.
Obama continued and shared that we need a criminal justice system that is fair and just. “… What I wanted to try to explain was why this was a particularly sensitive topic for African-American families because a lot of people who have sons know the experience they had being followed or being viewed suspiciously,” the President admitted.
“We all know that young African-American men disproportionately have involvement in criminal activities and violence. For a lot of reasons, a lot of them having to do with poverty, a lot of them having to do with disruptions in their neighborhoods and their communities, failing schools and all those things. And that’s no excuse, but what we also believe in is that people, everybody, should be treated fairly and the system should work for everyone,” Obama said.
“What I’m trying to do is just make sure we have a conversation in the world asking ourselves, are there some things that we can do to foster better understanding and to make sure that we don’t have laws in place that encourage the kind of violent encounter that we saw there that resulted in tragedy,” he added.
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