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Obama: Minority Communities Must Change

Saying it can’t just be left to the police to “do the dirty work of containing the problems,” President Obama today said change must come to minority communities, implicitly acknowledging that the root of the deadly confrontations that crop up between police and African Americans lies in the communities themselves.

Now, I would disagree with his solutions to these problems. But I give the president credit, unlike the race baiters who descend on episodic violence to promote anger and hatred, for understanding that this is not simply about police racism, but about a societal problem that leads inevitably to conflict between the police and minorities.

Obama spoke during a Rose Garden press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Abe. He lamentably undermined his message on the need for change by proclaiming a police discrimination “crisis.” But he also spoke eloquently about the problems within the dangerous places where cops must patrol:

Without making any excuses for criminal activities that take place in these communities, what we also know is that if you have impoverished communities that have been stripped away of opportunity, where children are born into abject poverty; they’ve got parents — often because of substance-abuse problems or incarceration or lack of education themselves — can’t do right by their kids; if it’s more likely that those kids end up in jail or dead, than they go to college.

In communities where there are no fathers who can provide guidance to young men; communities where there’s no investment, and manufacturing has been stripped away; and drugs have flooded the community, and the drug industry ends up being the primary employer for a whole lot of folks — in those environments, if we think that we’re just going to send the police to do the dirty work of containing the problems that arise there without as a nation and as a society saying what can we do to change those communities, to help lift up those communities and give those kids opportunity, then we’re not going to solve this problem.

And we’ll go through the same cycles of periodic conflicts between the police and communities and the occasional riots in the streets, and everybody will feign concern until it goes away, and then we go about our business as usual.

Obama, of course, sees government as playing a major role in the solution, touting things like “early education,” a tens of billions of dollars new childcare program of little benefit. He wants “investments” in massive “job training” programs, which don’t get real bang for the buck.

But he also has some ideas a conservative could consider.

We’re going to have to think about what can we do . . . to make sure that we’re reforming our criminal justice system so it’s not just a pipeline from schools to prisons; so that we’re not rendering men in these communities unemployable because of a felony record for a nonviolent drug offense.

Now that’s an idea. There are some conservatives, in the libertarian spirit, who would just legalize drugs altogether. Short of that, ensuring that someone’s life is not ruined because of a minor offense that plenty of protected kids at college routinely commit may be a point of agreement between Obama and the right.

And Obama admits that the “massive investments in urban communities” he wants aren’t coming out of Congress. So he knows he’ll have to find other pathways that, though they may not involve reducing government, don’t include expanding it.

He concluded:

If we really want to solve the problem, if our society really wanted to solve the problem, we could. It’s just it would require everybody saying this is important, this is significant — and that we don’t just pay attention to these communities when a CVS burns, and we don’t just pay attention when a young man gets shot or has his spine snapped.  We’re paying attention all the time because we consider those kids our kids, and we think they’re important.  And they shouldn’t be living in poverty and violence.

It is important. It is significant. It’s the future of our country. Now if Obama would stop demonizing conservatives at every turn, maybe he could make progress with them trying to solve the problem. If he really wants to.

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31 Responses to Obama: Minority Communities Must Change

    • The massive influx of illegal immigration is just taking more jobs from the people who need them most…He wants to allow more visas for work taking more jobs away. Throwing money at programs will not fix the problem.

    • Exactly, grace. How have these communities been “stripped away of opportunity”? Haven’t these people been given, and given, and given opportunities since the 1960s?

      • The only ways these people have been “stripped of opportunity” are that they have dem politicians that keep telling them that ‘the man’ is keeping them down, and that they deserve free money and a free pass to be useless. All just to steal their votes.

  1. “If we really want to solve the problem, if our society really wanted to solve the problem, we could. It’s just it would require everybody saying this is important, this is significant — and that we don’t just pay attention to these communities when a CVS burns, and we don’t just pay attention when a young man gets shot or has his spine snapped. We’re paying attention all the time because we consider those kids our kids, and we think they’re important. And they shouldn’t be living in poverty and violence.”

    Notice the generalities.

    Baltimore, Detroit, and Philadelphia have been under the liberal democratic rule for decades.
    Cleveland was run by Dennis Kucinich, ran it into the ground.
    Ohio had a deficit until Kasich turned it into a surplus, but he is a RINO.

    Liberals delight in making you dependent on them.
    It is their theme song, and they play it over and over again until you give up your rights to them.

    The siren song that they sing is what is wrong with this Country.

    • So, the first Black President can’t/won’t do anything for minorities, just blames the rest of society?

      Baltimore has been run by a Democrat Mayor for 64 of the last 68 years.

      4 of the last 5 mayors have been Black.

      Obama…stop projecting externally. Look internally.

      The problem is not anyone’s color or the money spent. It’s the POLICIES

  2. Frankly, most White people are sick and tired of listening to Blacks whine about their lot in life. 50 years of Affirmative Action, trillions of dollars for this or that, and they still moan they don’t get any respect.
    They worry about White privilege in the belief that pale skin allows one to get an education, buy a house, get a job and dark skin forever dooms one to poverty and unemployment.
    They stomp on our flag, insult those who are paying for their very existance, and demand more, more, more.
    We’re saying – go ahead, burn down your own home, commit crimes, drop out of school, and suffer the consequences, you’ll get no more from us.

    • X10.
      We are seeing some push back from the black community.
      Eventually they will realize that they are destroying themselves.

      Eventually can amount to a long time.

    • Oh but srdem, you forget who is in control, at least for the time being.
      Make no mistake, I am with you on this.
      Patience is hard to come by nowadays, but it pays off in the long run.

      • I love your always positive attitude AFV. Thank you.
        I tend to get mouthy, sarcastic & impatient. More so recently with all their bullshit tantrums (riots++).

        • Those were not protests–just a chance to snag some stuff. I actually agree with Obama on that one little pt. (OMG–did two planets hit each other?) I do see some more thoughtfulness coming from the Balto people, black and white, now, today, than ever came from Ferguson in my own state…

  3. Many people have been down and out at one time or the other.
    The Great Depression. Families made due, struggled…
    What is the old saying pull yourself up from your bootstraps, etc.

  4. “We’re going to have to think about what can we do . . . If we really want to solve the problem, if our society really wanted to solve the problem, we could.”

    Obama speaks as if he’s some powerless outsider. Instead, he’s had 6 years in the most influential and powerful position of our nation. If he “really wanted to”, he could have made a difference. But he didn’t. No thinking. No solutions. No leadership. No change. A pitiful excuse for a so-called community organizer. It’s so obvious: Obama doesn’t really want to solve the problem.

  5. Inn just six yrs Obama has exacerbated the problems in minority communities by decimating the welfare reform bill. Instead of tightening welfare requirements, he loosened them to the point where it doesn’t pay to get a job for most low income people. Af/Am women have learned that it pays – big time — to have kids out of wedlock. The more, the merrier.

    No one who is caught up in this vicious cycle has any pride of ownership because they don’t OWN anything. Section 8 is provided for them. Thus, the neighborhoods all look like the gates of h*ll.

    The problem is how to wean welfare recipients off of welfare. How about a govt. pilot program that offers matching funds for low income wage earners instead of welfare? For those who refuse to get a job, their benefits should be cut off after one year.

    Just my $0.02…

    • Your $0.02 cents is worth much more than you think. Work incentives rather than breeding inducements are so much better for everyone, especially those on the receiving end. We all remember when anyone on food stamps was ashamed to hand them over in the grocery store. To make them feel more comfortable, we made EBT cards look like a credit card. Stores hang out signs welcoming EBT users as a “special” class, better than cash or credit card buyers. I have never seen a sign that signs Cash/Credit cards welcome. Now, food stamp recipients game the system and sell them for drug money. What a country.

  6. I really think that the artists who make much of the culture, the recording artists, the videogrgaphers, even the writers for tv should be taking some responsibility and some actions. Tone down the sex, violence. Stop the silly political correctness…start thinking about values that could inspire a better life. Write about them, sing them.

  7. What opportunities can be of benefit to kids who think being educated is “acting white?” How about those who have no problem begatting children and leaving them to raise themselves?

    One woman said some kids in Baltimore would have nothing to eat today because the schools are closed — explain to me how food stamps fail to provide even one substantial meal per day per child?

  8. Why not have Planned Parenthood have a program to do vasectomies instead doing so many abortions. I admire the mother dressed in yellow who came to get her son and take him home. They want to name her Mother of the Year. They later reported she was mother of six. How is she supporting them? The poor neighborhoods has too many people chasing to few dollars which creates a situation where the people resort to illegal behavior to survive.