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How Will Trayvon Martin Case Impact Race Relations In San Diego?

Race Relations


Lei-Chala Wilson, President, NAACP San Diego Branch

Brian Pollard, Community Activist

Mychal Odom, Historian, UC San Diego Graduate Student Dept. of History


Justice for Trayvon Martin rallies were held over the weekend in 100 cities across the nation, including San Diego.

Photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta

"Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago," President Obama told the press Friday.

The rallies came one day after President Barack Obama made some powerful and personal statements about race and the verdict in the killing of the African American teen from Florida.

"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," he said.

But, the president's words broadened the issue and invited the nation to explore how race still affects our judgements, our actions and our daily lives.

Today, we'll take a look at race relations in San Diego.

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