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Looking at Trayvon Martin, Listening to Barack Obama

“Trayvon Martin could have been me, 35 years ago.” With that, President Barack Obama rejoined the national conversation on race for which he is often a subject and rarely a participant. The discussion is sometimes a shoutfest, sometimes a whisper, but it never lacks for irony: Our first black president seems reluctant to be party to it in some measure because his fiercest critics are forever accusing him of butting in.

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