PBO addressed the findings of the DOJ’s Ferguson report in a radio interview. Here’s an excerpt of an AP story (published on the local rag’s website):
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said the type of racial discrimination found in Ferguson, Missouri, is not unique to that police department, and he cast law enforcement reform as a chief struggle for today’s civil rights movement.
Obama said improving civil rights and civil liberties with police is one of the areas that “requires collective action and mobilization” 50 years after pivotal civil rights marches brought change to the country. The president made his first remarks about this week’s Justice Department report of racial bias in Ferguson, which found officers routinely discriminating against blacks by using excessive force.
“I don’t think that is typical of what happens across the country, but it’s not an isolated incident,” Obama told The Joe Madison Radio Show on Sirius XM radio’s Urban View channel. “I think that there are circumstances in which trust between communities and law enforcement have broken down, and individuals or entire departments may not have the training or the accountability to make sure that they’re protecting and serving all people and not just some.”
President Obama will be a relatively young man when he leaves office in a couple of years, and he’ll have a high profile the rest of his life, as all former presidents do. He could do a lot worse than to use that spotlight to promote law enforcement reform as a civil rights issue.
Comments sections of local newspaper sites are generally cesspits of stupidity, and the one under the above article is no exception. Here’s a piece of one turd that bobbed to the surface:
Obama, undoing all Dr Martin Luther King’s progress in less than 8 years. Dr King wanted people to be judged by the content of their character, while all we ever hear from Obama and Holder is white police are violating black people’s rights.
Yeah, that’s the problem — an entire administration focused on oppressing white cops. The comment above would qualify as nut-picking if the sentiment expressed wasn’t so widespread.
The yawning gap between verifiable reality and morons’ perceptions is crazy-making sometimes — not just on this issue but, well, pretty much everything. Obama’s the REAL racist. It snowed so there’s no climate change. Tax cuts for rich people will improve the economy, etc., etc., etc.
No bombardment of lived experience, real-world outcomes or data can penetrate the concrete-and-steel reinforcements encasing these moronic beliefs. There’s no bunker buster of truth.
Oh well. At least it’s Friday. Any big plans for the weekend?