quote by Barack Obama

Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.

— Barack Obama

Useful Trayvon quotations

The cure for the Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner tragedies is not education or exposure. It's the Gospel. So, finally, I'M ENCOURAGED because the Gospel gives mankind hope.


My main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin.

You know, if I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon.

I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin's death as George Zimmerman was.

If [George] Zimmerman had been arrested for domestic violence, Trayvon Martin might still be alive.

The fact is, in the minds of many, Trayvon Martin received the appropriate punishment for a true crime: He was black, male and dared to walk outside. In life, young Trayvon was just a teenager; in death, he has been transformed into a scary, lurking, suspicious, prone-to-violence spook.


Trayvon Martin did not need to die.

You'll always see me at a political rally and the black strip club;

I'm gonna represent smoking weed and supporting Trayvon Martin on my record, because I'm a whole man.

[Barack Obama] intended, I think, to say that he took Trayvon's [ Martin] death somewhat personally.

Trayvon Martin could have been any of our sons, so I was not especially moved by that remark of President [Barack] Obama's.

I was reading the paper and saw a cartoon with Ray Kelly frisking Obama, and I was like "Wait, what's happening?" so I Googled it. For everything Obama stands for and the things he's said in the past in his books, especially with the Trayvon Martin thing - and I'm not sure if he [made his comments on Trayvon] because he was asked a question and he was trying to be diplomatic and neutral - that can't happen.


If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon.

Trayvon Martin, at the most, seems only to have been guilty of being himself.

You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African American community at least, there's a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it's important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn't go away.

The vision preached by my father a half-century ago was that his four little children would no longer live in a nation where they would judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. However, sadly, the tears of Trayvon Martin's mother and father remind us that, far too frequently, the color of one's skin remains a license to profile, to arrest and to even murder with no regard for the content of one's character.