President Obama wrote an article for Medium saying that protesters were ovewhelmingly peaceful and are expressing legitimate grievances. Only, of course, his solution is to give them more of the same liberal policies that have been failing them for half a century.
From his piece:
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. The overwhelming majority of participants have been peaceful, courageous, responsible, and inspiring. They deserve our respect and support, not condemnation.
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.
Second, I’ve heard some suggest that the recurrent problem of racial bias in our criminal justice system proves 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. Eventually, aspirations have to be translated into specific laws and institutional practices— and in a democracy, that only happens when we elect government officials who are responsive to our demands. The elected officials who matter most in reforming police departments and the criminal justice system work at the state and local levels.
Well, at least he is still on the side of democracy. I never imagined a day when Barack Obama would be the “moderate” in the Democratic Party. But that’s where things are.
And yes, I agree with him. It’s time for protestors to head to the ballot box. But what is he talking about? The local officials are all Democrats. So he must mean it’s time to finally start electing conservatives to run these cities, where conditions for African Americans are at their worst.
The presuppostion among even “moderates” like Obama is that people are being kept down by racism. But though there is racismin this country, this is not a racist society. Rather, blacks are being oppressed by the liberal, internationalist programs of people like Obama. Electing conservatives would benefit the American job creators those communities desperately need to try to begin to turn things around.