The United States of America is becoming the Divided States of America. The same reasons that make us a strong nation certainly make us more divided. It starts at the top, Democrats vs. Republicans with a splash of Independent.
Barack Obama is not the best person to speak on race relations even though the media tried to push him into the role early in his presidency. Obama has hurt the nation’s conversation on race by making it political, so listening to him give this speech (below) is probably one of the most hypocritical things he’s ever done.
“I want to say to say to everyone concerned about … racial bias in the criminal justice system that maintaining a truthful, serious and respectful tone is going to help mobilize American society to bring about real change,” Obama said.
“Whenever those of us who are concerned about failures of the criminal justice system attack police, you are doing a disservice to the cause,” he told a news conference in Madrid where he is on a one-day visit.
Micah Johnson, a black U.S. military veteran of the Afghan war, opened fire on police officers on Thursday during a protest in Dallas against the fatal shootings of two black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota the previous day.
Johnson wanted to “kill white people, especially white officers,” Dallas Police Chief David Brown said after the attack on Thursday night.
The Black Lives Matter group said on Friday it advocated dignity, not murder, in response to the shooting that also left seven other police officers and two civilians wounded.
Obama said there was legitimate criticism to be made of the criminal justice system and that citizens should continue to protest against it.
“I would hope that police organizations are also respectful of the frustrations that people in these communities feel and not just dismiss these protests as political correctness or politics or attacks on police,” he said.
Our cultural diversity, regional diversity, beliefs, ideologies are barriers that need to be overcome. As individuals, we need to look in the mirror and realize our character flaws and shortcomings. Do our best to improve self and stop pointing the finger at others especially when our motives are selfish and self-centered.
What is best for the many will rarely be what is best for the few. We are either a part of the problem or part of the solution. We can build on what we have in common and work towards removing the fears that separate us.
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