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East Texans respond to President Obama's remarks on Trayvon Martin

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(KYTX) - The President's remarks have resulted in many comments on our facebook page and website.

President Obama is asking the country to do some soul-searching about the Trayvon Martin case.

"There are very few African American men in this country, that haven't had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store, that includes me," said President Obama.

His words, for some people, seemed to be straight from the heart.

"They're common for me, they're common for my sons, they're common for other people I know," said Jeff Williams.

Jeff Williams says he understands President Obama's message.

"It's not something that's hypothetical, it's a reality," said Williams.

Late last Saturday evening, a jury of six women acquitted Zimmerman in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman's attorneys said the shooting was self-defense. Others saw the crime as racially motivated.

"I don't anything none of us will ever know, whether it was or whether it wasn't," said BJ Hornbostel.

BJ Hornbostel thinks this is not a time to place blame, but a time to examine how we live our lives.

"We should all feel safe, and we should all be respected for who we are, not where we go to church, not what gender we are, or what race or nationality we are," said Hornbostel.

BJ and Jeff think this is a time for all people, of different backgrounds, to sit down together.

"There's always something about when you get together, and break bread together, you start to understand each other," explained Williams.

"Not the things that are different, then we will remind ourselves that we are all God's beautiful and perfect creations," added Hornbostel.

Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz is slamming President Obama's remarks on the Trayvon Martin case.

The President also called for reconsideration of "stand your ground" self-defense laws in Florida and other states.

Mr.Obama asked, supporters of the law, if the right to fight back with a gun would have applied to Martin.

Senator Cruz accused the President of trying to push for tougher gun control laws.

"It is not surprising that the President uses every opportunity he can to try to go after our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. I think it is unfortunate that this President and this administration has a consistent disregard for the Bill of Rights," said Senator Cruz.

Protestors have spent the week reacting to the verdict and more demonstrations are planned for this weekend.

Some of those demonstrations will take place in Dallas, Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Wichita Falls.

We haven't heard of any scheduled in Tyler or Longview.

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