A NATIONAL CONVERSATION!
A couple of days ago President Barack Obama spoke about issues of race and policing at a town hall in Washington, D.C. The discussion was televised for millions to see. As we all know, there has been a divide among police officers and those affected by the recent police shootings of two black men. Obama took the time to address views from all sides which include families of police officers to those who are racially profiled and mistreated by police. The country is at odds with the recent murders of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the deaths of five officers in Dallas. President Obama made it clear that it’s not “us versus them.” He wants police departments and communities across the United States to work together.
I am very pleased that President Obama cleared up misconceptions about the Black Lives Matter Movement by saying it’s not anti-police. That wasn’t all; he also spoke on the behalf of the police officers that do protect the community. He did his best to bridge the divide between the two.
“It shatters them too. I don’t want a generation of young people to grow up thinking either that they have to mistrust the police or alternatively, that the police who are doing a good job and out there, taking care of their communities that they’re constantly at risk not just from criminals but also because of the community mistrusts them,” said President Barack Obama.
Obama spoke with a diverse group of Americans from across the U.S. In the crowd there were relatives of police shooting victims, police officers, parents, and Black Lives Matter Movement activists. They discussed the issues of racism in this country, justice, and the role of police.
President Barack Obama touched on his personal experiences of being racially profiled. He told a story of how a Caucasian woman refused to ride an elevator with him when he was growing up in Hawaii and stories of him being pulled over by the police for speeding.
Check out the footage below.
Obama answered some tough questions from the audience members. I do believe he did a great job of trying to get everyone to see a different perspective from those who have had contrasting experiences. However, I took to Twitter, and some people thought that Obama was playing it safe with his answers. By that, I mean being careful of what he says instead of just saying exactly how he feels. Hmmmmm…
Do you believe President Barack Obama was beating around the bush with his answers at the town hall discussion or do you think he responded to the questions straightforward while still being tactful? Leave your comments below. Let’s chat!