Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of the late Trayvon Martin, said they were "honored and moved" by President Barack Obama's impromptu remarks on the George Zimmerman trial and acquittal.
"Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago," the president said in a statement Rev. Al Sharption has hailed as "significant."
'There are very few African-American men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed when they are shopping at a department store. And that includes me," added Obama.
He went on to express deep skepticism about the validity of Stand Your Ground laws and suggested the Trayvon Martin case should raise questions about how effective they are.
"If Trayvon Martin was of age and was armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk?" Obama asked. "If the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, then it seems to me that we should examine those laws," he said.
"The president's comments give us great strength at this time. We are thankful for President Obama's and Michelle's prayers, and we ask for your prayers as well as we continue to move forward," wrote the Martins in a statement.
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SOURCE: The Grio