Horrible divisive speech
Great speech, I loved it
Me? I don't like Obama. But.
I didn't mind his speech. I think he was talking to 15% of our population . . . many of whom feel downtrodden and betrayed, dare I say "yet again," by a justice system many of them sincerely believe failed them. There can be no doubt about a number of things:
Driving While Black is real.
Walking While Black is real.
Being scrutinized in department stores is real.
Hearing car doors suddenly lock at stop lights is real.
Not getting on elevators is real.
I don't think he was rabble-rousing. I think he was speaking to a constituency that was and is upset. That could or could not escalate criminal activity because they're upset. He just wanted to let them know he heard them.
I had no problem with it at all. Was it perfect? WTF is?
Edit: As for your poll, I didn't vote. Neither option reflected my opinion.
Thank you, Quazi!
And apparently you missed this as well:The judge conducted the trial in a professional manner. The prosecution and the defense made their arguments. The juries were properly instructed that in a -- in a case such as this, reasonable doubt was relevant, and they rendered a verdict. And once the jury’s spoken, that’s how our system works.
And perhaps this:Now, this isn’t to say that the African-American community is naive about the fact that African-American young men are disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system, that they are disproportionately both victims and perpetrators of violence. It’s not to make excuses for that fact, although black folks do interpret the reasons for that in a historical context.
And perhaps this:I think the African-American community is also not naive in understanding that statistically somebody like Trayvon Martin was probably statistically more likely to be shot by a peer than he was by somebody else.
I know that Eric Holder is reviewing what happened down there, but I think it’s important for people to have some clear expectations here. Traditionally, these are issues of state and local government -- the criminal code. And law enforcement has traditionally done it at the state and local levels, not at the federal levels.
Thank you, Quazi!