By CHRISTINE ARMARIOAssociated Press
MIAMI (AP) - When President Barack Obama told the nation slain black teenager Trayvon Martin could have been him 35 years ago, many black Americans nodded in silent understanding.
Like the president, they too have seen people walk across the street and lock their car doors as they got near. They, too, know what it's like to be followed while shopping in a department store.
In many ways, it was the frank talk on what it can be like to be black in America that many African Americans had been waiting to hear from Obama, especially since a Florida jury last weekend acquitted neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Martin's shooting death last year.
And it generated myriad reactions - reflecting diverse opinions and experiences the conversation on race in the U.S. provokes.
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