Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) on Sunday praised President Obama for addressing the controversy over the Trayvon Martin case, saying he also shared Obama’s personal experiences with discrimination.
“The president said that was him 35 years ago. That’s me on a daily basis, and especially when I’m home in New Orleans and I’m dressed down,” said Richmond on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “It’s something that black men still go through to this day, which is women clutching their purses, hitting the lock button on store, or just basic attitudes
“Even as a U.S. congressman, as a black man, it is very, very frustrating, and you build up an internal anger about it that you can’t act on,” he added.
In remarks on Friday Obama said that African-Americans experienced prejudice on a daily basis and that he had also been a victim of racial profiling.