When Barack Obama was set to give a speech at the Dallas memorial for the five officers who were slain, what did you expect?
Even I thought the President would use the opportunity to note the consequences of divisive rhetoric, and honor the fallen. But it looks like I was ignorant.
Those of us who watched the speech weren’t quite aware if we were watching a speech that was supposed to memorialize the five dead officers, or recruit for a Black Lives Matter rally.
Not surprisingly, President Obama used this “bully pulpit” to return to his favorite themes of racism, discrimination and police brutality.
At one point, it really felt as though he was justifying the Dallas attack.
“If we are to honor these five outstanding officers, then we will have to act on the truths that we know… we’re going to have to be honest with each other and ourselves…”
“We…know that centuries of racial discrimination and slavery and subjugation and Jim Crow, they didn’t simply vanish at the end of lawful segregation. They didn’t just stop when Dr. King made a speech…”
“But America, we know that bias remains. WE know it. Whether you are black or white or… we have all seen this bigotry in our own lives at some point… if we’re honest, perhaps we’ve heard prejudice in our own heads… we know that. And while some suffer far more under racism’s burden, some feel to a far greater extent discrimination…none of us is entirely innocent. No institution is entirely immune. And that includes our police departments. We know this.”
“Study after study shows that whites and people of color experience the criminal justice system differently… when moms and dads… still fear that something terrible may happen when their child walks out the door… kids being stupid.. .might end in tragedy… more than 50 years after the passage of the civil rights act, we cannot simply dismiss those engaged in peaceful protests as troublemakers, or paranoid. As a symptom of political correctness, or reverse racism.”
“To have your experience denied like that… again and again and again, it hurts. Surely we can see that. All of us.”
I’m sure the families of the victims were thrilled to be lectured about how racist police officers are at an event that was supposed to honor them.
And those were hardly the only ridiculous things he said during the speech. At one point he claimed that it’s easier for a teenager to buy a gun than a book or laptop.
Remember the last time you had to pass a background check before going to your local library? Of course not.
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