I am very impressed by our president’s recent short speech reflecting on the death of Trayvon Martin. The whole subject is such a political minefield, and of course he will be criticized in some quarters for saying anything at all. Yet everything he said was very true, and very sad, and these are truths that need to be heard.

I was especially impressed by the way he managed to convey the pain of systematic prejudice, the terrible truth of what so many in our society must endure every day — and that he managed to all that not with anger, but with clarity and understanding.

And even a note of hopefulness.

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