In this section, we will summarize the main points of our analysis of President Barack Obama's remarks on Trayvon Martin.
The main topic of Obama’s speech is the debate about racial bias and discrimination after Trayvon Martin’s death and after his shooter, George Zimmerman, was acquitted during his trial. When the speech was delivered, the speaker, Barack Obama, was the President of the United States.
The audience of Obama’s speech is represented by the media present at the White House. As the speech was televised, it not only reached the photographers and journalists present, but the entire nation. The language employed by Obama varies from emotional to very serious.
The circumstances surrounding Obama’s speech are related to the death of Florida African-American teenager Trayvon Martin, who was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer. Part of Obama’s intention is to address the racial issues surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman, his shooter.
A full analysis of the speech can be found in the following pages of the study guide.