Today, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) issued the following statement in response to President Obama's remarks on race and the George Zimmerman trial:
"I commend President Obama for his remarks today highlighting the need to review gun violence reforms at the state and local level as well as the need to put resources in place to bolster African American youth, especially young boys in the aftermath of the murder of Trayvon Martin. African American youth need to know that their country values them and the President's remarks today were a great starting point to reignite a dialogue on what should be done on a number of fronts to address the challenges confronting black youth in America. The President was right to highlight that at 17 years old, Trayvon could've been him or any of our children and its incumbent upon all of us to look collectively at what can be done to end the violence against young black males, particularly in inner cities. President Obama made a statement in a way that only he could as the nation's first African American President, symbolizing both how far our country has come and that there is still much more work to be done."