President Obama said Friday morning the nation needs to do some “soul searching” over the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida.

“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Obama said at the White House.

“I can only imagine what these parents are going through,” Obama said after announcing his pick of Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim to head the World Bank, adding “When I think about this boy I think about my own kids.”

“My main message is to the parents: If I had a son he’d look like Trayvon. I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves.”

Obama went on to say “soul searching” means “we examine the laws and context for what happened as well as the specifics of the incident.”

Although he didn’t get in to any details, Obama did make a structural connection to the case when he made a reference to the “laws and context.”

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