Sunday, July 21, 2013

America's Changing Voice

The world listened intently when Barack Obama spoke about the killing of Trayvon Martin. 

The President recounting the story of being followed in a department store and feared on an elevator was disarmingly personal, and very generous. He gave powerful voice to otherwise ignored black teenage boys. 

No other American president, Democrat or Republican, could match the depth of Obama’s remarks about the corrosive bias that pervades the lives of black men because they never walked in the shoes of a black man. Obama not only can relate to Trayvon Martin, he was Trayvon Martin.

National and international events are interpreted and reported by white men in the U.S. but because “liberal” and “conservative” angles are offered, we are made to believe there is balance in perspective. But of course there’s not. 

We are a better nation because we got an authentic reaction to the death of a 17 year-old black boy from our president, speaking from the heart as a black man. 

Imagine an America when events unfolding around the country and the world are interpreted and reported by our president speaking as a woman. 

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