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Monday, June 1, 2020

Obama Says 'INSPIRING' Protesters Deserve Nation's RESPECT

President Obama waves before boarding Air Force One after campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Los Angeles in the 2016 campaign. (Associated Press)
President Obama waves before boarding Air Force One after campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Los Angeles in the 2016 campaign. (Associated Press)


 Dave Boyer

Former President Barack Obama said Monday the overwhelming majority of protests nationwide against police brutality have been “peaceful, courageous, responsible, and inspiring.”
“They deserve our respect and support, not condemnation,” Mr. Obama wrote in an essay on Medium.com.
He said a “small minority” of protesters engaging in violence, “whether out of genuine anger or mere opportunism … are detracting from the larger cause.”
“Let’s not excuse violence, or rationalize it, or participate in it,” Mr. Obama said. “If we want our criminal justice system, and American society at large, to operate on a higher ethical code, then we have to model that code ourselves.”
The former president also said protesters who want to change the criminal-justice system should direct their efforts at the state and local levels. But he said young voters often ignore local elections where they could make a difference.
“It’s mayors and county executives that appoint most police chiefs and negotiate collective bargaining agreements with police unions,” he said. “It’s district attorneys and state’s attorneys that decide whether or not to investigate and ultimately charge those involved in police misconduct. Unfortunately, voter turnout in these local races is usually pitifully low, especially among young people — which makes no sense given the direct impact these offices have on social justice issues, not to mention the fact that who wins and who loses those seats is often determined by just a few thousand, or even a few hundred, votes.”
The Obama administration was accused of failing to address killings of law-enforcement officers amid the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement, which itself was a response to killings of minorities by police.
Mr. Obama created a task force on 21st Century policing in 2014, which developed recommendations for police reforms that were adopted by a small percentage of departments.
After demonstrators clashed with police and looted stores for a sixth straight night on Sunday, Mr. Obama said it’s often civil disobedience that forces authorities to pay attention to “marginalized communities.”

5 comments:

  1. Obama is the most RACIST president The United States of America has EVER had.

    I am 60, in the late 1960's thanks to Dr. Martin Luther King the Racism of the 1940's and 1950's was starting to fade away.

    I was a teenager in the 1970's and RAƇISM had basically faded away to the point of we laughed and made fun of it.

    A great example of this was the movie "Blazing Saddles", if that movie had been made today there would be like riots and burning like the tragity like in Minnesota.

    All it took was one RACIST to undo EVERYTHING that Dr. Martin Luther King.

    Obama continues his RACISM, with the help of his buddies Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson and The Democratic (baby killing/ anti-Semitic/NAZI) Party of The United States of America.

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    1. Anonymous12:45 PM EDT

      Thank you so much for being brave enough to say what some are too scared to say.

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    2. Anonymous12:46 PM EDT

      Thank you. Alot of people are to afraid to speak the truth.

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  2. Good grief why isn't Obama in Gitmo

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