It’s all relatively racial and relatively divided, but less so. (in Obama’s reality)
In an interview with NPR.:
“When asked if the U.S. is more racially divided than it was when he took office six years ago, the President responded:
“No, I actually think that it’s probably in its day-to-day interactions less racially divided.“
Wow, after about 16 years we are back to the meaning of ‘is’. And of course having a president trying to publicly defy reality. However, when convenient, he alludes to the police having systemic problems related to race.
A CBS poll says:
“More than five years later, the latest CBS News poll shows, views on race relations have dimmed dramatically. Just 45 percent say race relations are generally good, the lowest figure in CBS News polling since 1997.”
Read details on CBS’ racial divide poll here.(21 points less favorable than ’09)
“A new CBS News poll finds stark racial differences on views of the police and the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. While four in five whites say their local police make them feel mostly safe, that drops to 52 percent among blacks. Forty-three percent of African Americans say the local police make them feel mostly anxious.”…/
“This racial divide persists on the broader question of whether police, in general, are too quick to use deadly force.”
Then Obama said in a BET interview:
“I’m being pretty explicit about my concern, and being pretty explicit about the fact that this is a systemic problem, that black folks and Latinos and others are not just making this up. I describe it in very personal terms.”
He went on to say:
“We have a history and a legacy of people not being treated fairly in all kinds of walks of life. It is particularly important for people to feel like they’re being treated fairly by law enforcement and police, because the consequences when they’re not treated fairly can be deadly.”
So, under Obama and according to him, we have systemic racial problems, but we are less divided over racial issues than when he took office.
So much less that he has appointed Al Sharpton the de facto race Czar. If Obama wanted to increase the racial divide, then he absolutely picked the right person. (Farrakhan must have been booked)
If you call progress in race relations having militant Black Panthers intimidate voters at polls without prosecution. Then Eric Holder has done a bang up job of increasing the racial divide. And if you think sending a regiment of FBI agents to Ferguson to investigate and making personal appearances, speeches, and pandering to rioting racist thugs is increasing the racial divide, then call it all success.
While his own administration can overlook and ignore the random assassination of cops under this new/improved racial division, and spawned from this protest movement. Then he can speak about fairness under the law, with De Blasio, as they dismiss the chants to kill cops. So he calls this being “less racially divided” than when he took office. I’d hate to see what more would look like.
Or maybe, in Obama speak, more is less? Just think, he would never try to claim that about the political divide today.
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