Obama opens up about race, Trayvon Martin trial

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By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a low-key response the day of the verdict, President Barack Obama is now sharing his thoughts about the highly charged shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

A week ago, the six women deciding George Zimmerman's fate cleared the ex-neighborhood watchman of all charges.

The nation's first black president quietly kept tabs on the country's response to the outcome of the racially charged trial, particularly in the black community and discussed it with his family.

On Friday, Obama delivered a rare and extensive reflection on race. He suggests the nation should reflect on what could be learned from the trial and he says the nation is becoming more tolerant, despite the painful episode.

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