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Obama’s famous comments on race – from 2008 to Trayvon

On Friday, President Obama spoke about race relations in America, saying "Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago." His extensive and personal comments called on Americans to "do some soul-searching."

Here are some of the president's most memorable remarks about race in America. 

Obama's speech about race relations in America on July 19, 2013:  Obama said, "The African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn't go away."

During the 2008 campaign, then-senator Obama famously urged America to "move beyond our racial wounds" in his 'A More Perfect Union' speech. "Race is an issue that I believe this nation cannot afford to ignore right  now," he said to the Philadelphia audience.  Watch the full speech below:

In 2009, when asked about the arrest of Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Obama said, "It's a sign of how race remains a factor in this society." Watch the full video of Obama's remarks below.

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