Fox News analyst Juan Williams said President Barack Obama risked stoking racial tensions with his surprise remarks about the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
“The risk that he took going out is that he will stoke racial tension because it politicizes this whole tragedy,” Williams said.
Obama made an unannounced appearance in the White House press briefing room to speak publicly for the first time about George Zimmerman’s acquittal. Speaking frankly about race in America, Obama said Martin “could’ve been me 35 years ago.”
Obama also said that if Martin were a white teen instead of a black teen, the entire situation “from top to bottom” would have been different.
Williams said he didn’t think Obama wasn’t “indicting the jury or the process” with that remark.
“I think what he was saying is he believes once Zimmerman saw Trayvon Martin was a black kid wearing that hoodie, that it fit a lot of stereotypes of black male youth as suspects if not criminal and played into the highest number of convictions of blacks for violent crime,” Williams said.