In the wake of the horrific slaughter of police in Dallas Thursday, and four copy cat attacks on police Friday, President Obama, and to a greater extent, Hillary Clinton, doubled down on the myth of systemic racism in law enforcement and placed the blame on white Americans.
President Obama used what could have been a healing moment for the nation on Saturday to instead perpetuate the myth of systemic police brutality and to push for gun control.
Clinton’s incendiary remarks did not even include a full condemnation of the gunman … and lacked almost any real empathy for the officers’ grieving family members and friends.
During a speech at the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland, on Saturday, Obama at first lauded the Dallas officers for their service to their country and condemned the horrific actions of the “demented” suspected gunman, Micah Xavier Johnson. But he quickly pivoted to his tried-and-tested rhetoric that has landed a torn nation at this juncture in the first place.
Sticking to his modus operandi of condemning police shootings before all the facts are known or investigations completed, Obama said Americans are “rightly saddened” by the deaths of black civilians shot by police. The president, continuing to insinuate there is systemic racism in law enforcement, said there are “larger persistent problems” for African-Americans in the criminal justice system.
Continuing to push the race to the forefront of the national conversation, Obama said, “The legacy of slavery and Jim Crow and discrimination didn’t suddenly vanish with the passage of the civil rights act or voting rights act or the election of Barack Obama.”
Racial tensions sufficiently fanned, Obama turned to gun control.
“If you care about the safety of police officers, then you can’t set aside the gun issue and pretend that’s irrelevant,” Obama said. “Police have a really difficult time in communities where they know guns are everywhere.”
“I want to start moving on constructive actions that are actually going to make a difference because that is what all Americans want,” Obama concluded, hinting at further gun control action.
The remarks from Obama Saturday mirrored similar comments from presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton Friday.
Although she did call the Dallas shooting an “absolutely horrific event” and urged that “respect” be shown to officers in the line of duty, it took Clinton less than 45 seconds in her Friday interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer to pivot to police brutality in an ongoing pander to Black Lives Matter activists.
“Too many African-Americans have been killed in encounters with police over matters that should not have led to that action being taken,” Clinton said to Blitzer. She added that white Americans need to understand the concerns of black Americans “who fear every time their children go somewhere” and “who have to have the talk about how to really protect themselves when they’re the ones who should be expecting protection from encounters with the police.”
Amid a day of ongoing copy cat attacks on police officers in four different states, Clinton had the gall to put the issue squarely on the shoulders of white Americans.
“I’m going to be talking to white people — I think we’re the ones who have to have to start listening to the legitimate cries that are coming from our African-American fellow citizens,” Clinton said.
Clinton’s incendiary remarks did not even include condemnation for the gunman who claimed the lives of indisputably innocent officers and lacked almost any real empathy for the officers’ grieving family members and friends.
The responses from President Obama and Clinton, both still hoping to stir the racial pot to ensure good minority turnout in the 2016 election, differed markedly from the non-political response of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Trump stood unequivocally with the victims, their families and the police and called for unity.
“Last night’s horrific execution-style shootings of 12 Dallas law enforcement officers – five of whom were killed and seven wounded — is an attack on our country. It is a coordinated, premeditated assault on the men and women who keep us safe,” Trump said Friday in a statement posted to Facebook. “This morning I offer my thoughts and prayers for all of the victims’ families, and we pray for our brave police officers and first responders who risk their lives to protect us every single day.”
Although Trump did acknowledge the anger and grief of the black community, saying that the “senseless, tragic deaths of two people in Louisiana and Minnesota” remind the United States of “how much more needs to be done,” the focus of Trump’s response to the Dallas shooting centered standing with the police force and the victims’ families.
“Our nation has become too divided. Too many Americans feel like they’ve lost hope. Crime is harming too many citizens. Racial tensions have gotten worse, not better. This isn’t the American Dream we all want for our children,” Trump said in his statement. “This is a time, perhaps more than ever, for strong leadership, love and compassion. We will pull through these tragedies.”
The racially inflamed responses from Obama and to a greater extent Clinton, beg the question just how far are the pair willing to go in their attempt to juice minority turnout for political gain? Just how bad will they allow things to get before backtracking on their divisive rhetoric, and instead calling for calm and unity as other presidents would have before them.