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Obama to George Floyd protesters: Channel 'justifiable anger' into action

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Obama to George Floyd protesters: Channel 'justifiable anger' into action

Former President Barack Obama on Monday addressed the nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd, praising the “overwhelming majority” of peaceful demonstrators, condemning the violence brought on by a “small minority” and calling on a “new generation of activists” to “bring about real change.”

“The waves of protests across the country represent a genuine and legitimate frustration over a decades-long failure to reform police practices and the broader criminal justice system in the United States,” Obama wrote in an essay published on Medium.com. “The overwhelming majority of participants have been peaceful, courageous, responsible, and inspiring. They deserve our respect and support, not condemnation.”

The former president then lauded police in Camden, N.J., and Flint, Mich., for publicly supporting peaceful protests before he criticized demonstrators who have been acting violently.

“On the other hand, the small minority of folks who’ve resorted to violence in various forms, whether out of genuine anger or mere opportunism, are putting innocent people at risk, compounding the destruction of neighborhoods that are often already short on services and investment and detracting from the larger cause,” Obama wrote. “Let’s not excuse violence, or rationalize it, or participate in it. 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.”

Obama dismissed suggestions by some activists that “only protests and direct action can bring about change, and that voting and participation in electoral politics is a waste of time.”

“I couldn’t disagree more,” he explained. “The point of protest is to raise public awareness, to put a spotlight on injustice, and to make the powers that be uncomfortable; in fact, throughout American history, it’s often only been in response to protests and civil disobedience that the political system has even paid attention to marginalized communities.

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Obama had 8 years to do something about it and did nothing, so how he thinks anyone will listen to him now is absurd. Voting for democrats is what he claims will solve the problem, but they did nothing when he was in power. It is the Democrats running the cities that have allowed these riots and bad police behavior to happen as well, so Obama shouldn't even be offering advice like this. Obama also had the attorney general he wanted, and he did nothing as well. A long string of Obama failures, and now we get rioting.

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So what is your solution?  Trump has been in power for 3+ years and things are no better.  Maybe worse given his penchant for division and throwing gasoline on the flames.  He only cares about one thing which is his re-election.  

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They need better police procedures on choke holds and those being arrested. Two of the incidents involved choking and that should not happen.  But if Trump proposes it,  the media and angry mob are not going to like it no matter if it solves the problem. Meanwhile Obama was an empty suit for 8 years, and had the chance to do something. Instead he ended up doing what he is doing now, only talking about it.

Another thing is this guy was treated like he was already guilty instead of innocent until proven guilty. Yet so far i haven't heard of a single solution proposed by democrats to stop any of the situations that happened. A couple of these situations were justified shootings, and for those that feel they weren't, then there is no way to reason with them on any solutions. And is a liberal city going to listen to Trump on anything? There is the problem, and it's in the liberal cities where most of these cases happen. They hired the cops, so they are responsible.

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1 hour ago, MovieMadness said:

They need better police procedures on choke holds and those being arrested. Two of the incidents involved choking and that should not happen.  But if Trump proposes it,  the media and angry mob are not going to like it no matter if it solves the problem. Meanwhile Obama was an empty suit for 8 years, and had the chance to do something. Instead he ended up doing what he is doing now, only talking about it.

Another thing is this guy was treated like he was already guilty instead of innocent until proven guilty. Yet so far i haven't heard of a single solution proposed by democrats to stop any of the situations that happened. A couple of these situations were justified shootings, and for those that feel they weren't, then there is no way to reason with them on any solutions. And is a liberal city going to listen to Trump on anything? There is the problem, and it's in the liberal cities where most of these cases happen. They hired the cops, so they are responsible.

For 6 of his 8 years Obama was faced with a Congress who opposed anything and I mean anything he wanted to do. And you had the right wing media go full court press to turn half of America against him at every turn and they did a good job of brainwashing all of their followers.   On the other hand if Trump earnestly wanted to make racial inequality better in America I think democrats would gladly go along with him.

But this is all silly.  Neither President is capable of totally fixing the systemic racism that has existed in America for 400 years.  So why blame it on this party or that?  

I'll tell you why in your case ... it's called wag the dog.

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54 minutes ago, Bogie56 said:

For 6 of his 8 years Obama was faced with a Congress who opposed anything and I mean anything he wanted to do. And you had the right wing media go full court press to turn half of America against him at every turn and they did a good job of brainwashing all of their followers.   On the other hand if Trump earnestly wanted to make racial inequality better in America I think democrats would gladly go along with him.

But this is all silly.  Neither President is capable of totally fixing the systemic racism that has existed in America for 400 years.  So why blame it on this party or that?  

I'll tell you why in your case ... it's called wag the dog.

As for "why blame it on this party of that";     I still say the majority of the blame falls on the local authorities and that is what Obama also said 2 days ago.   

But OK,   if that is how one wishes to view this,  then it is clear there will be no solution and this is the message white Americans should communicate to the younger generation of black Americans (instead of the BS coming from mostly Dems,  that they really are going to do something about it this time,  so get-out-and-vote).

Note that within the Dem party there is bitterness FROM those that believe their party,  at the local level,  have made major progress but 'they still burn us down anyhow'.   This is the feeling of the Dems here in L.A. and most of CA.       E.g.   L.A.  Dem pols have made many changes and reduced police abuse (across the board, but especially towards-people-of-color) and this is thanks they get?    The same treatment Trump and the GOP get?    Isn't that justifiable anger'?       Think about that one.

 

 

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Obama had the best press of any president in decades, it was like he walked on water for them. They went with whatever he said like trained puppies, and so he ended up doing nothing for years and getting away with it.

Ask anyone what Obama did for 8 years and you will get the same answer - nothing.

Meanwhile the riots are happening mostly in states that Hillary won, so what they are doing is protesting among democrats. Good luck turning that into a winning strategy. Obama went into office controlling both houses of congress, so yes he could have made changes. But he knew nothing and could only read from a teleprompter. Once he thought he knew enough, it was too late because the country figured it out. For him to come out offering advice is like a drug addict telling people how to stay clean.

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