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Obama has nothing to prove on race

It seems not all Black people are created equal. We are as diverse as our myriad opinions.

Before President Obama’s speech last Friday addressing the disheartening verdict in George Zimmerman’s trial for the murder of teenager Trayvon Martin, the African-American chattering classes offered an array of advice and admonishments to the nation’s first black president.

Janet Langhart Cohen, in an op-ed for Washington Post, called for the president to break his silence on race. She acknowledged the fine line he has walked, being the “first”, and his responsibility to all communities, not just African-Americans — but expressed a hope that “once he entered his second term, Obama would be liberated from the racial harness that politics forced him to wear.” She grappled with the underlying disparities in criminal justice and misguided social policy that leads, all too often, to the kind of tragic end for which Trayvon Martin has now become a martyr.

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