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        Divided States of America: Race, Justice, and the Obama Presidency

        Explore why the 2012 shooting of a black student became a pivotal tension point around race and justice during Barack Obama’s presidency, in these videos excerpted from FRONTLINE: Divided States of America. Trayvon Martin’s death at the hands of a neighborhood watch volunteer ignited passions across the nation. America’s first black president grappled with his response. Obama’s initial silence, followed by carefully guarded words, prompted a backlash—and not just from conservative pundits. Many in the black community were traumatized by the incident and by others like it. Following the shooter’s court acquittal the next year, Obama acknowledged his own experiences as a black American. For many, this was the first time in his administration that he openly spoke for black people.

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        The Shooting of Trayvon Martin

        A black teenager is killed and President Obama, under mounting pressure to publicly comment on the event, finds himself at the center of a firestorm.

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        A Verdict and a Turning Point

        America’s first black president speaks on race and justice following the George Zimmerman trial and growing protests in the black community.

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