Local legal expert analyzes Obama speech

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - "Research indicates that about 80% of the population harbors negative implicit racial stereotypes towards black men".  Those are the words of UH Manoa Professor of Law Justin Levinson.  Levinson is an expert in the field of racial bias in the US legal system.  Friday, he was part of an international symposium on jury bias.

Levinson took time to talk about President Obama's impromptu appearance in the White House press briefing room.

"It was powerful" said Levinson of the President's teleprompter-less speech.

"To hear the president ask people to look inward, to me was the most important part of what he said".

President Obama urged "soul searching" from Americans in the wake of the George Zimmerman murder trial verdict.

"At least you ask yourself your own questions about 'am I wringing as much bias out of myself as I can" said President Obama.

Levinson also said statistics support the President's assertions that African Americans endure racial biases on a regular basis.

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