Barack Obama isn't going to let the murder of five police officer derail his efforts to legitimize Black Lives Matter. Instead, he's taking the opportunity to double-down on his stance.
President Barack Obama pressured a few police leaders to attend a closed-door White House meeting with roughly 30 of his radical left-wing allies, where he pushed for federal rules to govern the nation’s 18,000 police districts.
In his comments to reporters after the Wednesday meeting, Obama repeated his suggestion that white racism caused the shooting murder of five White or Hispanic police officers in Dallas, and he showed reporters that he’s fully supporting the radical activists’ campaign against the nation’s police leaders.
“I do not want to gloss over the fact that not only are there very real problems but there are still deep divisions about how to solve these problems,” he told the media. “There’s no doubt that police departments still feel embattled and unjustly accused … there is no doubt that minority communities, communities of color still feel like it just takes too long to do what’s right.”
Obama also claimed that racism explains why young black men are more likely to get shot in disputes with cops than are young white men. “The roots of the problems we saw this week date back not just decades, date back centuries. There are cultural issues, and there are issues of race in this country, and poverty, and a whole range of problems that will not be solved overnight,” he claimed, despite the growing mass of evidence that young black men are less likely to get shot by cops than are white men.
Obama’s claim of racism echoes the incendiary statements he made in Dallas to the families of the dead cops.
We also know that centuries of racial discrimination, of slavery, and subjugation, and Jim Crow; they didn’t simply vanish with the law against segregation. They didn’t necessarily stop when a Dr. King speech, or when the civil rights act or voting rights act were signed. Race relations have improved dramatically in my lifetime. Those who deny it are dishonoring the struggles that helped us achieve that progress …
But America, we know that bias remains. We know it, whether you are black, or white, or Hispanic, or Asian, or native American, or of Middle Eastern descent, we have all seen this bigotry in our own lives at some point. We’ve heard it at times in our own homes. If we’re honest, perhaps we’ve heard prejudice in our own heads and felt it in our own hearts.
Obama’s decision on Wednesday to include the Dallas shootings of five cops by an African-American among the “the problems” could indicate Obama is blaming white racism for the decision by an African-American to kill white and Hispanic cops. He underlined that claim of white responsibility for the Dallas murders in a second comment on Wednesday, saying that;
To the American people, I want you to know that this is a pretty representative group of the folks who’ve been involved in the debate in this issue and have practical knowledge and are thinking each and every day about how we can prevent the tragedies we saw in Baton Rouge and in Minnesota and in Dallas.
But there’s a huge and growing body of statistical and witness evidence that police forces are less likely to shoot blacks than whites when enforcing the law amid disproportionateand growing criminal violence in African-American communities.
Since Obama launched his campaign to federalize police forces, at least 500 additional Americans — including 26 cops in 2016 — have been killed as the nation’s murder rate has spiked.
Obama invited almost 30 of his racially diverse political allies — including Al Sharpton, one of whose street protesters killed eight people at a store in 1995 — but invited representatives from only a few independent police groups. Two of the outnumbered police leaders at the event were Terry Cunningham, president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and Michael McHale, president of the National Association of Police Organizations.
Of course, for Barack Obama, the fact that young black men are less likely to get shot than young white men is beside the point. What matters to this president is optics — and we all know who he supports on the matter of race.