George Zimmerman & Racial Tensions

  • Aired:  07/23/13
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George Zimmerman goes back on neighborhood watch, and President Obama talks about the black experience in America. (2:32)

NATION, EVER SINCE GEORGE

ZIMMERMAN WAS ACQUITTED, WE

HAVEN'T SEEN HIDE NOR HAIR OF

HIM.

LIKE MOST WINNERS, I ASSUMED HE

HAD GONE TO DISNEY WORLD.

WELL, IT TURNS OUT HE WAS BACK

ON THE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH.

>> GEORGE ZIMMERMAN COMES OUT OF

HIDING JUST IN TIME TO PLAY HERO

JUST FOUR DAYS AFTER BEING

ACQUITTED IN THE SHOOTING DEATH

OF TRAYVON MARTIN, ZIMMERMAN

CAME ACROSS A FLIPPED-OVER

S.U.V. IN THE SANFORD, FLORIDA,

AREA.

HE AND ANOTHER PERSON HELPED THE

FAMILY GET OUT OF THE VEHICLE.

ZIMMERMAN STAYED ON SCENE UNTIL

EMERGENCY CREWS ARRIVED.

HE THEN SIMPLY LEFT.

>> Stephen: IT MAY BE THE FIRST

TIME ANYONE HAS EVER SAID, "I'M

SURE GLAD GEORGE ZIMMERMAN WAS

FOLLOWING ME."

AND IF YOU'RE ONE OF THE PEOPLE

WHO BELIEVES HE SHOULD BE IN

JAIL, THAT MEANS THAT YOU WISH

THAT FAMILY WAS STILL TRAPPED IN

THEIR BURNING CAR.

WHO'S THE MONSTER NOW?

I'LL GIVE YOU A HINT: IT'S YOU.

OF COURSE AFTER THE TRIAL I HAD

HOPED THAT AMERICANS COULD JUST

LOCK OUR DOORS AND SPEED THROUGH

THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF RACIAL

TENSION, BUT IF ANYTHING, RACIAL

TENSIONS ARE NOW WORSE THAN

EVER.

IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT ONLY

A FEW YEARS AGO, BLACK AND WHITE

AMERICANS PUT ASIDE THEIR

DIFFERENCES TO HUNT ALIENS.

HOW DID WE FORGET THAT SO SOON?

ALL RIGHT.

RIGHT, RIGHT, YEAH.

LAST WEEK IN A SURPRISE

APPEARANCE IN THE WHITE HOUSE

PRESS ROOM, PRESIDENT OBAMA

WEIGHED IN WITH HIS PERSONAL

EXPERIENCE, EMPATHIZING WITH

THOSE WHO SEE THE EVENTS OF THIS

CASE AS EMBLEMATIC OF THE BLACK

EXPERIENCE.

>> THERE ARE VERY FEW

AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN IN THIS

COUNTRY WHO HAVEN'T HAD THE

EXPERIENCE OF BEING FOLLOWED

WHEN THEY WERE SHOPPING IN A

DEPARTMENT STORE.

THAT INCLUDES ME.

>> Stephen: IT'S TRUE.

EVEN AS PRESIDENT, EVERYWHERE HE

GOES, HE'S FOLLOWED BY COPS.

ESPECIALLY WHEN HE'S IN HIS

LIMOSINE.

MAYBE BECAUSE IT'S BLACK.

I DON'T KNOW.

IT'S SAD.

AND, FOLKS, HE WANT TO SAY THAT

HIS WORDS TOUCHED ME BECAUSE I

TOO HAVE BEEN FOLLOWED AROUND IN

DEPARTMENT STORES.

EVERY TIME I WALK INTO A

NORDSTROM'S, I'M APPROACHED BY

CLERKS OFFERING TO HELP ME FIND

THE TOMMY BAHAMA COLLECTION.

WHY?

JUST BECAUSE I'M WHITE AND I'M

GOING TO BUY SOMETHING

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