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Obama Legacy on Race is About Representation, Respect

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posted on Jan, 7 2017 @ 08:35 PM
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The really good story, factually flawed, but still a good read.

It tells of Obama's first significant controversy, the police acted stupidly. And this lead to an erosion of his white supports and it never fully recovered.
Here is what the biased media left out, his whole statement, it makes all the difference.


"I don't know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played,"

"But I think it's fair to say,
No. 1, any of us would be pretty angry;
No. 2, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and,
No. 3 ... that there's a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately."
www.cnn.com...:US

As listed above, the media left out the part where Obama says he doesn't have the facts, but makes a call against the white police.


The first significant controversy of the first black president's tenure in office was a racial one.

When President Obama came to the defense of African-American Harvard Prof. Henry Louis Gates — who was arrested while trying to enter his own home and said the white officer involved acted "stupidly," an erosion in his already tenuous white support began and never fully recovered.
www.nbcnews.com...

The beer summit was what Obama came up with to enlighten the country on race.


Obama tried to make the most of this so-called "teachable moment," by holding a "beer summit" with Gates and the policeman. The meeting however was ridiculed for being ineffectual in terms of addressing implicit bias. The critique that emerged became a familiar one — that the first black president was passing up an opportunity to truly enlighten the country on race.

But, historians and political experts say that premise overlooked that race is a subject that Obama has often delved deeply into; first as an author, then as a candidate and eventually as a president.


Then the Trayvon Martin shooting happened, and Obama said that if he had a son he'd look like Trayvon. The story says Obama has been criticized for using the bully pulpit to advance the conditions of black America.


He also spoke in fiercely emotional terms about the shooting deaths of young black men like Trayvon Martin, famously saying "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon." He repeatedly attempted to speak truthfully about the real gulf that exists between law enforcement and communities of color in this country.

And yet, despite consistent sky-high approval ratings with African-American voters, Obama has been harshly criticized for not using his bully pulpit more to advance the conditions of black America.




posted on Jan, 7 2017 @ 08:46 PM
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Some conspiracy theories say the Henry Louis Gates "incident" was a set-up to kick-start the Obama Administration's "war" on police.




posted on Jan, 7 2017 @ 08:48 PM
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a reply to: xuenchen

I have not heard that, I will look that one up



posted on Jan, 8 2017 @ 01:22 AM
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I just don't get it. Obama had all these chances to really put a spotlight on race relations in this country and for the most part all he did was make it worse. You would think as the first black president that would've been his main goal for his administration.



posted on Jan, 8 2017 @ 08:30 AM
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The thing I keep going back to was that we had a black president with a beautiful family. He could have been such a role model for a community that needs to see that and what it means and what it can do for children. His daughters weren't running around with gang bangers or banging themselves.

They seem to be happy and successful and obviously are going to finish high school and go on to be likely successful at college.

He should have played up that. He should have pointed to that and reached out to the communities as part of speaking to communities in need. Be a father! Raise your kids! Keep your sons off the streets and in school and maybe they won't need to worry as much about the police.

That is half the equation that needs to be worked on.



posted on Jan, 8 2017 @ 08:35 AM
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He should have pointed to that and reached out to the communities as part of speaking to communities in need. Be a father! Raise your kids! Keep your sons off the streets and in school and maybe they won't need to worry as much about the police.


Obama did that with the My Brother's Keeper initiative.



posted on Jan, 8 2017 @ 01:20 PM
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a reply to: seasonal

You have some excellent points and rather than me try to explain why I agree with you, I think the following link sums up the whole Obama/Socialist leftist agenda in America....a great read short and to the point.

www.americanthinker.com...



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