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Obama: “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago”

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"It's something that you actually get used to, growing up in America," said Michael Douglas, a President Barack Obama supporter.

Racism, that is.

"Every now and again you might see somebody, and they might clutch their purse when they see you walk by and sometimes you're like, man, it's 2013, c'mon man I'm not about to take nothing from you," said Michael Douglas.

He says he can relate to President Obama's very candid speech about a Florida jury's not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman, who says he acted in self-defense when he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

President Obama said, "When Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is, Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago."

"I feel like people should be able to go wherever they want to go, do whatever they want to do, as long as they're not breaking the law," added Douglas. "It almost seems like there's a double standard."

Mister Obama suggested as much.

President Obama said, "If a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario that from top to bottom both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different."

"I think the President, today, did more for this country and this nation, with a speech, than any speech he's ever given," said Houston State Representative, Harold Dutton, who hopes the conversation trickles down from the national level to Texas.

"I got on the elevator downstairs and there was a really attractive lady on the elevator, and...I could tell she was somewhat threatened by my presence on the elevator," said Dutton. "You wanna just get off the elevator, but I could tell, it's not something that, you know, has gone away, let me put it that way."

Both men admit it's something they've become accustomed to.

Douglas said, "You really have to look at their upbringing. It's not really their fault, it's the way that they was raised, so that' the way they see other people."

Dutton added, "What the President was suggesting is that we ought to step back and look at this as an American issue. As an issue that America has to deal with...and America is still on trial."

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