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Facing talk of Trayvon Martin and race, Obama walks a fine line
Facing talk of Trayvon Martin and race, Obama walks a fine line

The case of Trayvon Martin presents a minefield to a president who has long moved carefully on racial matters, underscoring the unique hazard — and opportunity — President Obama faces whenever the discussion of skin color moves front and center. As the first black man to occupy the White House, and as someone who has personally felt the sting of racial prejudice, Obama is uniquely suited to address what remains, after hundreds of years, one of the country’s most vexing challenges: to fully reconcile the worlds of black and white America. At the same time, political realities have forced Obama to find an elusive middle ground. While there is no denying the breakthrough...

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