CURL: Obama picks scab off America’s racial wound

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Which means this: If a 27-year-old black man had shot a 17-year-old white boy to death, the black man would be found guilty and sent to jail. End of story, at least for Mr. Obama. And that means the Florida jury was racist; it freed Mr. Zimmerman because he was white but would have convicted Trayvon because he was black.

The Associated Press applauded the shockingly divisive statement, assigning a black reporter to write a story headlined “In passionate speech, Obama bares his black self.”

“This first black president, the guy accused by some of running from his blackness, of trying to address black folks’ needs on the down low, suddenly lifted the veil off his black male identity and showed it to the world. It was something no American president before him could have done,” the reporter wrote.

So that, too, was his motive, to shore up his bona fides within the black community.

And perhaps the move worked. The president clearly thought so: While rallies for Trayvon were held in 100 cities across the country on Saturday, Mr. Obama didn’t attend. Instead, he headed to the golf course.

• Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times and is now editor of the Drudge Report. He can be reached at josephcurl@gmail.com and on Twitter @josephcurl.

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