Race relations and attitudes towards police are dividing America right now and I’m convinced that despite his good intentions, President Obama is fuelling the fire with his lecturing rhetoric.
Yesterday President Obama returned home from Europe to attend the memorial for the five slain Dallas Police officers, where he was joined by former President George W. Bush.
Despite a good start to his speech, Obama’s comments quickly devolved into a lecture.
The reaction to those comments was strong. The common feeling was this service was not the place to lecture police, a memorial for five murdered police officers from a police department that is leading the way in dealing with community difficulties.
For the past week the President has been pushing a narrative that African Americans are more likely to be discriminated against or shot by police.
Watch as I review some statistics that show why he’s wrong about this like he was wrong about Michael Brown, wrong about Trayvon Martin and wrong on many racially charged issues.
He’s often wrong because he makes a rushed judgement while ignoring the nearly 3,500 murders in his hometown of Chicago since becoming President. It’s well known these murders are black on black so if Black Lives Matter, then the problem that needs addressing is outside police departments and on the streets of places like Chicago.
Until Obama gets honest, it will be difficult for anyone to take him seriously when he says he wants to solve these problems.