Post Show Thoughts: Race and Justice in America

Post-show Thoughts: Special Discussion on Race 1:46

President Obama's personal reflections on the George Zimmerman trial this week sparked renewed debate on the issue of race and justice in America. 

On Meet the Press, PBS's Tavis Smiley called out the president for not going further and taking leadership on the issue of race.

"This is not Libya, this is America. On this issue, you cannot lead from behind," Smiley said. "He's the right person in the right place at the right time. But he has to step into his moment."

However, Harvard Law professor Charles Ogletree, who taught President Obama while he was in school, disagreed with Smiley "in a profound way."

Ogletree people should not focus on President Obama as "the black president," instead, "He's the president who happens to be black." "He can do whatever he can do for all of us, but not simply focus on one issue."

The race debate segued in to a conversation about the city of Detroit, which just made the largest bankruptcy filing in American history. 

Michigan's Republican Governor Rick Snyder defended the decision and said the city's government remains as "the last major obstacle," for Detroit's recovery.

According to Snyder, the decision was a result of "kicking the can down the road for 60 years," but said that now, "enough is enough."

Watch our full conversation with Governor Snyder as well as our special discussion on race and justice in America on our website.

We'll be back next week. If it's Sunday, it's Meet the Press.