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EW Jackson Pounds Obama For 'Racializing' Zimmerman Case

EW Jackson is running for Lt. Governor of Virginia and as an African-American Republican, he has a unique insight and message for President Obama with regard to his recent comments about the George Zimmerman murder trial.  Jackson appeared on "Mornings on the Mall" on WMAL in Washington DC this morning with me and co-host Brian Wilson. 

I pointed out the president's remarks from Friday and asked him, "The president says he could have been Trayvon, Rev. Jackson, could you have been Trayvon?"

"The president racialized it, making it about a black man, making it about being African-American, making it about a racial confrontation. I don't think it was racial at all.  I prefer to think of it this way - any young American could have been in the same situation. You know, young people have a lot of swagger - they're part of this whole pop culture, and they don't like being challenged. Any young person."

Jackson went on to blame "people who I think, frankly, make a living off of keeping racial animus and racial division going in our country,"for injecting race into the issue.

"Look, it's a tragic situation, it's a horrible situation. I feel for those parents. But there's no indication whatsoever that any of this was a result of race, or, by the way, that 'Stand Your Ground' had anything to do with it," said Jackson. "We would rather obsess on this particular case, which is a tragic and horrible case, rather than deal with the real problem - the epidemic of violence that is taking the lives of young people,"

Listen to the whole segment here: 


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