Circumstances

In this part, we will help you discuss the circumstances surrounding Barack Obama’s remarks on Trayvon Martin.

The speech was delivered in the White House’s Briefing Room on 19th of July, 2013. The speech came in response to the tragic event when African-American teenager Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by a community watch volunteer. Also, the speech comes as a response following the trial in which George Zimmerman, the shooter, was acquitted of murder.

When you analyze the circumstances of Obama’s speech, it is important to know exactly what happened in the incident involving Trayvon Martin. On 26th of February, 2012, African-American teenager Trayvon Martin was heading towards his father’s fiancée’s house. His presence was considered suspicious by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer. Although the police advised Zimmerman to remain in his car until the police arrived, Zimmerman followed Martin and, during an altercation, the teenager was fatally shot. Because Zimmerman was also ...

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