This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," July 19, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
SEAN HANNITY, HOST: And welcome to this brand-new special studio audience edition of HANNITY. Now tonight for the hour, we'll focus on the race relations on the George Zimmerman murder trial. And while race was essentially a non-issue during the legal proceedings inside the courtroom, now that the case has been closed and the defendant has been found not guilty, the controversial topic is once again been thrust to the forefront of the debate surrounding this tragedy.
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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why in the African-American community at least, there's a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it's important to recognize that the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences. And a history. That doesn't go away. There are very few African-American men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are very few African-American men who haven't had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me, at least before I was a senator. There are very few African-Americans who haven't had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she has a chance to get off. That happens often. And, you know, I don't want to exaggerate this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African-American community interprets what happened one night in Florida.
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HANNITY: Now this is of course not the first time the racial aspects of this case have been brought up in the media and elsewhere, let's take a look at some of the racially charged rhetoric that has emerged in the wake of the verdict.
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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Even though I was expecting it, I'm still numbed because I'm taken back to Emmett Till and Amadou Diallo and Iona Jones and all these situations where we understand their black life means a little bit less than white life in America.
TAVIS SMILEY, POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: I think, this is for many Americans, George, just another piece of evidence, of the incontrovertible contempt that this nation often shows and displays for black men.
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: You know how you feel on the 9/11 year, that's how we feel when it comes to race. Because less we do this, white Americans and others will feel that this was a justifiable verdict. This is how things happen. Not until, and unless the number of white kids died that approximate the numbers of black and other kids who die will America see.
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HANNITY: And joining me now, my esteemed audience of legal and political analysts, welcome all of you especially Bob Beckel who's been complaining before we even start. All right. I got a question. Does anybody here -- can any here cite any evidence in the case, not your hypothesis, not your theory, evidence that this case was racial, if you can, raise your hand.
JEHMU GREENE, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: He followed him, he racially profiled him, from the beginning.
HANNITY: Give me the evidence, that's a theory. Evidence.
GREENE: His heart may have been in the right place, but our brains tell us to do something differently because in this country we are socialized to be afraid of black men.
HANNITY: All right. Hang on. I don't what to interrupt you.
GREENE: That is a fact. And my eyes proved it. Heart rate monitors --
HANNITY: Any evidence?
GREENE: -- and that is what that fear that was going through George Zimmerman when he followed him and stopped him and we have a history of being --
HANNITY: OK. That's your theory. That's your theory. Where's the evidence?
BOB BECKEL, 'THE FIVE' CO-HOST: The last seven people that he called on 911 were all black kids. Are you kidding me? If that kid were white, do you think he would be dead, are you kidding me?
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: I think he would be dead if he punched him and got on top of Zimmerman. I mean, look, look, look, look.
You can inject race into this case all you want, there was no evidence of it all. So, the people who are angered by this verdict Sean, are angered based on broader social issues --
All aspects of our life. And we have got to acknowledge it.
BECKEL: You can't just say, a black person died therefore it's a racial issue.
HANNITY: All right, let me calm -- hang on, let me calm the waters for a second. Hang on one second. I'm asking, that's your theory, that's your theory. But what we're looking for here is evidence. Peter Johnson, you're a lawyer.
PETER JOHNSON, JR., FOX NEWS LEGAL ANALYST: Yes.
HANNITY: You have to bring evidence into a court of law.
HANNITY: Tell me the evidence.
JOHNSON: Well, there was no evidence of racial bias or prejudice or animus in this trial. On top of that, the FBI legal investigation more than a year ago, the interview of those 40 witnesses, they found no basis of racial prejudice, bias, animus or frank racism on the part of Mr. Zimmerman. So, Bob Beckel can make a political statement that's not based in fact, that's based on his own presumption, his own presumption, his own loud mouth, but it's not true. There is no evidentiary basis.
BECKEL: What about the seven -- profiled that he did with all the black kids? Do you think he would do that to white kids?
JOHNSON: On the basis of race, there's no evidence, Bob. You can say it.
HANNITY: All right. Let me go up. David Webb in the back. Go ahead, David.
DAVID WEBB, SIRIUS XM PATRIOT HOST: First of all, the only racist or close to racist statement made was creepy ass cracker and it wasn't made by George Zimmerman. Two, the break ins that happened around there were done by blacks, therefore if you're profiling by thug or by instances, you would look and say, if there are more blacks, you look for it. Profiling is a tool. Racism is different than profiling and unfortunately, what Jehmu and Bob are talking about is that the Jesse Jackson like race property or race grievance industry, that says everything's about race, America is a racist nation. And that's only a theory and that's a ridiculous statement.
HANNITY: All right. Let me go to Kisha, next to you. OK. Kisha, I want to ask you a question.