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Obama says: racism ‘deeply rooted’ in U.S.

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posted on Dec, 7 2014 @ 02:43 PM
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President Obama was on a show and said racism is deeply rooted in our society.

Maybe he's right maybe not.

But sometimes exposure fuels more of what somebody seems to be against.

Obama: racism ‘deeply rooted’ in U.S.



Addressing protests over minorities killed by police officers, President Obama said racism is “deeply rooted” in the U.S. and that activists should keep pressing steadily in their demands for reform.

“This is something that is deeply rooted in our society, it’s deeply rooted in our history,” Mr. Obama said in an interview with BET, a portion of which was released Sunday. “When you’re dealing with something as deeply rooted as racism or bias … you’ve got to have vigilance but you have to recognize that it’s going to take some time, and you just have to be steady so you don’t give up when we don’t get all the way there.”

Mr. Obama held meetings at the White House last week with young civil-rights activists who are protesting the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer last August in Ferguson, Missouri.






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posted on Dec, 7 2014 @ 02:51 PM
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The time Obama has been in the office it seems to outsider ( non US citizen) that he has been most racist POTUS ever and he does it by having one side only opinion. Racism can go both ways but to Obama it has only one.
First what i noticed and i lost really any sympathy to the guy, was him taking a side in Zimmerman case before investigations had really even started. To me he lost his fake mask he had before showing his "real colors".

How Obama handle his POTUS is somewhat unusual to POTUS. POTUS should deal all of US citizens as equal.. and Obama does his own way which is quite questionable. I feel for you US citizens !
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posted on Dec, 7 2014 @ 02:52 PM
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a reply to: xuenchen

I agree with him. While I deplore the deaths and looting, the protests are having an effect. We are talking about this issue, finally. Nothing changes unless people are willing to stand.



posted on Dec, 7 2014 @ 02:57 PM
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a reply to: xuenchen

Hard to tell whether it really is deeply rooted or not, when the MSM is all too happy to play the race angle and fan those flames 24/7, and the President has to insert himself into every issue he possibly can.



posted on Dec, 7 2014 @ 03:02 PM
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a reply to: xuenchen

I tend to agree with Obama, but disagree that it's just America that has a 'deeply rooted problem' with racism.

It's a problem all over the world... China, Japan, England, Canada, South American nations and just about any other country you could name has a problem with racism. It's basic human nature to stick with those most like themselves, whether we're talking about skin colour or cultural differences.

Want an example? What's the history between England and Ireland? England and Scots? Does anyone think those two issues are dead and buried? That, to me, is also racism and everybody's white in that troubled history.

Name me one country that does not have a population which discriminates against 'other' people. I can't.



posted on Dec, 7 2014 @ 03:06 PM
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a reply to: masqua

Agreed. In India, as another example, light-skinned Indians discriminate against dark-skinned Indians.



posted on Dec, 7 2014 @ 03:06 PM
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Wait, I thought Obama was president of the entire USA, not just the black part. So why is he 'choosing sides'? Racism is a problem in the USA (and the entire world) but it's a two-way street.



posted on Dec, 7 2014 @ 03:09 PM
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The justice department is set to unveil new rules and regulations either tomorrow or Tuesday that will help contain racial profiling.

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On Monday or Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to announce revisions to the Justice Department’s rules that would ban racial profiling and consider factors like religion, gender identity, sexual orientation and national origin for the first time. Federal officers would be banned from considering those factors during criminal investigations or during standard immigration cases away from the border.



posted on Dec, 7 2014 @ 03:12 PM
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originally posted by: Daedal
The justice department is set to unveil new rules and regulations either tomorrow or Tuesday that will help contain racial profiling.

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On Monday or Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to announce revisions to the Justice Department’s rules that would ban racial profiling and consider factors like religion, gender identity, sexual orientation and national origin for the first time. Federal officers would be banned from considering those factors during criminal investigations or during standard immigration cases away from the border.


Which is totally unrealistic. How likely is a Christian grandmother to bomb a building in the US?



posted on Dec, 7 2014 @ 03:15 PM
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originally posted by: baburak
Racism is a problem in the USA (and the entire world) but it's a two-way street.


Exactly, and distrust is the inevitable outcome of any kind of discrimination. The distrust sows the seeds of violence and violence causes people to get killed who never should have been targeted in the first place.

It's a sad situation that humankind still hasn't seen the light when the world is as connected as it is today. I could jump on a plane and be anywhere in the world within 24 hours but, for racially motivated distrust, I can also count on a frosty reception at most destinations, even though I'd be a tourist, let alone thinking about emigrating.



posted on Dec, 7 2014 @ 03:17 PM
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I vehemently oppose Obama's statements.

When a BLACK President says that that racism is deeply rooted in the U.S., by default what he means is WHITE racism towards Blacks. No other form of 'racism' is inferred. "Racism" has been a label exclusively attributed TO Whites, and Whites are by default never the victims of racism.

Hispanics can be racist, so can Blacks. Whites are recipients of Racism daily, but it's not paid attention to or cared about. And the more society keeps thinking Whites can only be racist, the more racism against Whites becomes acceptable.

And with Obama saying this, by default all Whites should be suspect.

One of the greatest legacies of the Obama Administration is that White people are now MORE suspect and viewed MORE nefariously than before, and the racial divide is even greater.

This is going nowhere. And Obama WON'T speak about Black crime stats, Black on White crime stats. It's always "But White People".

And I'm someone who believes the cops in the Garner case should have at least gotten negligent homicide.
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posted on Dec, 7 2014 @ 03:18 PM
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originally posted by: xuenchen

President Obama was on a show and said racism is deeply rooted in our society.



That's what you call stating the bleeding obvious.



posted on Dec, 7 2014 @ 03:18 PM
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a reply to: masqua

So it is human nature and what? Should be accepted? Ah well can't change that, been around everywhere forever. "Sorry Mum your kid is dead, but it's just a cultural norm". Don't mean to pick on you, but this is a do nothing status quo argument, that leads to stagnation and no change. Strides have been made here in the US, just more are needed.



posted on Dec, 7 2014 @ 03:19 PM
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originally posted by: suz62
How likely is a Christian grandmother to bomb a building in the US?


Maybe not grandma, but certainly some Christians think it's the right thing to do.

Cultural differences can be just as deadly in extreme cases.



posted on Dec, 7 2014 @ 03:22 PM
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a reply to: suz62

That's a tad bit off topic, however, if it helps to eliminate policies that utilize tactics to harass predominantly minority groups in urban environments, which results in mistrust in law enforcement, then so be it.

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posted on Dec, 7 2014 @ 03:27 PM
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a reply to: Iamschist

It's called tribalism as well... that urge to hang with 'like' and ignore 'unlike'. That system has been around since... oh... forever.

How to change that is going to take more than Obama even if he had a few centuries to work on it.

Racism isn't just a black/white thing even though the MSM would like to currently make it out to be. It's only the most recent incidents that are making it newsworthy. No-one hears about the other examples of racism very much alive in the USA.

*cough* Indians, Latinos & Muslims *cough*
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posted on Dec, 7 2014 @ 03:31 PM
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a reply to: masqua

So because it is entrenched and old we should all just roll over and give it up for tradition? No! I believe in the Star Trek world of the future when we actually grow up as a species and leave the cave.



posted on Dec, 7 2014 @ 03:32 PM
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If in America, the narrative is that all Whites are suspect, and that ONLY Whites commit "racism", then we will get nowhere. I've seen this for decades, my whole life. We don't talk about CULTURAL and SUB-Cultural differences which are the true underlying problem. We don't talk about the onslaught of MULTI-Culturalism and how it relates to perceived racism.

Culture and Subculture has ruined us. We're so 'diverse' in the U.S. that we've become perpetually at eachother's throats with no end or real solution in sight.

The experiment has failed.
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posted on Dec, 7 2014 @ 03:37 PM
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He's got a point. The very fact our country owes part of its early success to slavery should make this fact obvious. I mean even our Founding Fathers had slaves. It doesn't get much more deeply rooted than that.

But it's not just slavery. Racism towards Native Americans allowed us to conquer this country from shore to shore. Racism towards the Chinese and Irish allowed us to connect those shores. The fact this country exists in its current form is because of racism. Being told to hide that racism for 40 to 50 years won't change that fact.



posted on Dec, 7 2014 @ 03:38 PM
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originally posted by: Iamschist
a reply to: masqua

So because it is entrenched and old we should all just roll over and give it up for tradition? No! I believe in the Star Trek world of the future when we actually grow up as a species and leave the cave.


Well... educating ourselves might be a start, but I doubt it's going to make anyone feel safer going into some areas of big cities.

But, once we get past the idea of racialism and decide that we're all human beings, it's a good beginning.




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