08/07/2013 12:15 pm ET Updated Aug 07, 2013

Obama, Jay Leno Discuss Trayvon Martin And Race On 'The Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

Last night, President Barack Obama spoke candidly with Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" about Trayvon Martin and the importance of continuing the conversation on race in America.

Leno asked the president about the historic speech he made a week after the George Zimmerman trial verdict was announced. Obama responded, touching on many of the points he made in the speech and adding further context to the motivation behind what he said that day.

“So what I’m trying to do is just make sure that we have a conversation and that we’re all asking ourselves, are there some things we can do to foster better understanding and make sure that we don’t have laws in place that encourage the kind of violent encounter that we saw there that resulted in tragedy. “

Watch the video above to hear what Obama had to say about Trayvon Martin, and his concerns with making sure we have a “criminal justice system that’s fair.”



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