Obama: Black Americans Feel Pain in Martin Verdict

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(AP) — President Barack Obama says black Americans feel pain after the
Trayvon Martin verdict because of a “history that doesn't go away.”

spoke in a surprise appearance Friday at the White House, his first
time appearing for a statement on the verdict since it was issued last

Obama says African Americans view
the case through “a set of experiences and a history that doesn't go
away.” He says black men in particular are used to being feared and
blacks see a disparity in the way they are treated under the law.

says he also has heard drivers lock their doors and has seen women
clutch their purses tighter when he walked by, before he was elected to
public office.

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