Allen West, President Obama disagree about racial profiling

Their perspectives tell two very different stories. Photo: Barack Obama / Allan West

FLORIDA, July 21, 2013 — On Friday afternoon, President Barack Obama delivered a highly controversial speech pertaining to the shooting of Trayvon Martin shooting.

“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,” he said

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“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—that doesn’t go away.”

As Jim Hoft of The Gateway Pundit reports, the President also remarked that “(t)here are very few African American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars.” 

Former congressman and prominent right-leaning political commentator Lieutenant Colonel Allen West had much to say about this. 

“I am a black male who grew up in the inner city of Atlanta and no one ever followed me in a mall,” he declared in a Facebook post.

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“I don’t recall any doors clicking when I crossed the street. And I never had anyone clutching their handbag when I got in an elevator. I guess having two awesome parents who taught me to be a respectful young man paid dividends.” 

Beneath the post’s text is a photo of West in military uniform, accompanied by his mother and father.

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Joseph Cotto

Joseph F. Cotto is a social journalist by trade and student of history by lifestyle choice. He hails from central Florida, writing about political, economic, and social issues of the day. In the past, he was a contributor to Blogcritics Magazine, among other publications. He is currently at work on a book about American society.

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