I think that Obama's comments on the subject catered to his base, but caused a greater divide among the rest of the country.
I agree with ethanwinfield, even if the Trayvon Martin case wasn't about race before (which I don't believe that race had zero to do with it, but whatever) the reactions to it across the country have had a lot to do with race, and I feel like that is what he was addressing much more so than the case itself. In the beginning of the speech he basically said "everyone did what they were supposed to do in this case and now it's over." I took that to mean lets move past this specific case and have a bigger conversation, the bigger conversation about race and racism that this case has already sparked.
I wish our black leaders today were half as wise as the man who said this:
Did you know that Negroes are 10 percent of the population of St. Louis and are responsible for 58 percent of its crimes? We've got to face that. And we have got to do something about our moral standards. We know there are many things wrong in the white world, but there are many things wrong in the black world too. We can't keep blaming the white man. There are things we must do for ourselves.
Martin Luther King, Jr
media likes silencing the black leaders that say that..