While speaking to the Panel Discussion on Criminal Justice reform, Obama said the Black Lives Matter movement was not ‘anti-police.'
“Sometimes, like any of these loose organizations, some people pop off and say dumb things,” he admitted.
He also pointed out that the movement was sometimes misunderstood because of their slogan.
Obama insisted that the protests were based on a “legitimate issue,” pointing out that African-Americans were not being treated fairly in some communities. He urged critics realize that the African-American community was “not just making this up.”
“It’s real, and there’s a history behind it and we have to take it seriously,” he said.
That's how that issue has been painted for over 50 years. When the Black community had legitimate issues of race discrimination, they banded together in colleges and churches nationwide and all but held a righteous pen out for someone to write discrimination out of the law books.
They did not loot or burn down businesses, they did not riot, they did not instigate violence against the police or anyone, quite the opposite. This rhetoric is all but absent from the modern Black Lives Matter movement, but to question its absence is to brand oneself as racist. Obama just wanted to remind you of the facts.