And the Race-Baiting Continues… Divide and Conquer

Marion Algier – Ask Marion

President Barack H. Obama made a surprise appearance before the White House press corps to address the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. For more than 17 minutes, he spoke without notes (transcript here) which as we know is unusual for the president giving a wide-ranging examination of the scourge of black children killing each other, the historical impacts of poverty and dysfunction, the pain of black parents on seeing their sons tarred with a broad brush, his own experiences as a black American who has scared old ladies with his very existence…

Many say the president was brutally honest, but obviously from a skewed perspective, and brutally honest is often not the best option when you are nearing a possible explosion that could be ignited by your words. 

It is a president’s, a leader’s, job to represent everyone… to calm the waters… and to enforce the laws as written.  Comments like the ones below only inflame an already agitated populace, endanger a man found innocent based on the law and a jury of his peers and help destroy the very legal system that makes America superior to most countries and legal systems in the world.  Leadership?  Or race-baiting? 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama grappled with the Trayvon Martin case in the most personal of terms on Friday, telling Americans that the slain youth “could have been me 35 years ago” and urging them to do some soul searching about their attitudes on race.

The nation’s first black president said the nation needs to look for ways to move forward after the shooting and trial in Florida. And he said it may be time to take a hard look at “stand your ground” self-defense laws, questioning whether they contribute “to the kind of peace and security and order that we’d like to see.”

“Where do we take this?” Obama wondered aloud during an unscheduled appearance in the White House briefing room. “How do we learn some lessons from this and move in a positive direction?”

His appearance marked his first extended comments on the Martin case since neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was acquitted last weekend of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in Martin’s death last year. Jurors found that Zimmerman was acting in self-defense when he shot the unarmed black teenager. Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic.

Obama said that as people process the verdict, it’s important to put the pained and angry reaction of many African-Americans into context.

Protests and demonstrations, he said, are understandable, adding that “some of that stuff is just going to have to work its way through — as long as it remains nonviolent.”

“It’s important to recognize that the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away,” he said.

The president said that distrust shadows African-American men: They sometimes are closely followed when they shop at department stores; they can draw nervous stares on elevators and hear car locks clicking when they walk down the street — experiences that he said he personally felt before becoming a well-known figure.

“It’s inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear,” he said.

Obama said black Americans recognize a history of racial disparities in how laws are applied on the death penalty and involving drug cases, but he also said the African-American community was not “naive about the fact that African-American young men are disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system, that they’re disproportionately both victims and perpetrators of violence.”

The president said it’s time “for all of us to do some soul searching,” though he said it’s generally not productive when politicians try to orchestrate a national conversation that ends up being stilted and politicized.

He added that conversations within families and at churches and workplaces, where people may be more honest, could help people to ask themselves, “Am I wringing as much bias out of myself as I can?”

Overall, Obama said, race relations in the United States actually are getting better. Citing his own daughters and their interactions with friends, the president said, “They’re better than we are. They’re better than we were.”

“Each successive generation seems to be making progress in changing attitudes when it comes to race,” he said.

The president declined to wade into the detail of legal questions about the Florida case, saying, “Once the jury’s spoken, that’s how our system works.”

But he said state and local laws, such as Florida’s “stand your ground” statute, need a close look.

Obama said it would be useful “to examine some state and local laws to see if they are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kinds of confrontation” that led to Martin’s death. He questioned whether a law that sends the message that someone who is armed “has the right to use those firearms even if there is a way for them to exit from a situation” really promotes peace and security.

And he raised the question of whether Martin himself, if he had been armed and of age, “could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk” and shot Zimmerman if he felt threatened when being followed.

Obama also said the country needs to look at ways to improve local law enforcement through better training and resources, and needs to look for ways to “bolster and reinforce” African-American boys.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has said the Justice Department has an open investigation into the case. The department is looking into whether Zimmerman violated Martin’s civil rights. But most experts have weighed in questioning that approach, after all the FBI has investigated this case from all angles extensively and ruled out any civil rights violations.

2013 AP

Video of Full Remarks HERE:  President Obama Speaks on Trayvon Martin

O's Post VerdictTrayvon Speech - hoft-race-war

Considering that the president’s comment, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon” which helped inflame this case from the beginning and that most of the post-verdict violence and protests are coming from organized group(s) like ‘Justice for Trayvon’ trained and funded by the DOJ with taxpayer money, through their secretive CRS arm, perhaps we must ask ourselves if there is not a bigger underlying agenda… gun control, gun confiscation, creating chaos, martial law…? One of the greatest political tools is dividing people, and this president, from day one… or at least from the ‘beer summit’ on, has divided America, not brought us together as most Americans hoped.  Are we now getting to the point where we are so divided that we are sitting on a powder keg?  Was that always the plan? 

Last week New York born Grammy-winning salsa singer of Puerto Rican decent Marc Anthony was criticized by some after his selection to sing “God Bless America” at the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, held in New York City.   Similar comments were made last month when an 11-year-old Texas-born mariachi singer sang the national anthem during the NBA finals. Both Anthony and the child are Latino. Have they already divided us that far that we are disrespecting and questioning legal immigrants and American citizens alike who are different from us?  This is how it begins… dictators and politicians with underlying agendas divide people and create chaos as a byproduct.  It is a way to detract from the real problems and their agenda.  We are picking on each other instead of asking why the government isn’t securing the borders and curbing the influx of people coming in illegally; why everyday another negative in the ObamaCare bill surfaces; or asking why those in Washington responsible for all the scandals are not answering for their misdeeds and being put of out office.

Using (Saul) Alinsky tactics (Kindle), the former community organizer always sprinkles just enough pathos into his speeches to placate both sides, while planting the underlying seeds he hopes to sow. 

Obama discussed statistics; he discussed history; he discussed the unequal treatment black men receive in the criminal justice system — or “the intersection of race and the law”; he reflected on the sociological factors that pressure the inner city… with empathy, while not turning his pointed gaze from black boys’ greater likelihood of being involved in violence and crime. In sober, measured tones, the president spoke poignantly about race in America, ending on the hopeful note that his children’s generation is “better than we are (dividing generations). […] [K]ids these days I think have more sense than we did back then, and certainly more than our parents did or our grandparents did, and that along this long, difficult journey, you know, we’re becoming a more perfect union — not a perfect union, but a more perfect union.”  And he stirred the racial pot and increased the likelihood of more unrest and violence…

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The Five Rails Against Obama’s ‘Divisive’ Speech: Won’t Stop Until He ‘Gets George Zimmerman’s Blood’ 

George Zimmerman’s Brother Offers Instant Reaction to Obama’s Comments

Video:  Coming Back From Vacation, Glenn Beck Weighs in on What You May Have Missed in Obama’s Race Speech: ‘IT’S HIS LIFELONG PASSION’

So far most Americans have kept their heads and stood their ground for their right to peaceful rallies across the United States.  Something all Americans can be proud of!  After the ‘Justice for Trayvon’ rallies this past weekend protestors defending Zimmerman were held and even outnumbered the Martin groups in many areas.

Related: 

DOJ Refuses To Allow Return Of Zimmerman’s Gun-Seizing All Trial Evidence

Charles Barkley and Former President Jimmy Carter ‘Agree’ with George Zimmerman Verdict

Marching to Sanford 

GEORGE ZIMMERMAN NOT GUILTY! (In Video)

What Happened to the ‘Post-Racial America’ Dream?

Sharpton screaming No Justice No Peace – This is why everyone is worried about race riots… 

Docs: Justice Department facilitated anti-Zimmerman protests

You be the judge and watch the other hand my fellow Americans and legal resident immigrants of all colors and creeds… Let us stand together for our ‘right to disagree peacefully’ while supporting each other and our system as we move forward toward a better more united America with more freedom and less government intervention for all… AM~

About Ask Marion

I am a babyboomer and empty nester who savors every moment of my past and believes that it is the responsibility of each of us in my generation and Americans in general to make sure that America is as good or even a better place for future generations as it was for us. So far... we haven't done very well!! Favorite Quotes: "The first 50 years are to build and acquire; the second 50 are to leave your legacy"; "Do something that scares you every day!"; "The journey in between what you once were and who you are becoming is where the dance of life really takes place". At age 62 I find myself fighting inoperable uterine Cancer and thanks to the man upstairs and the prayers from so many people including many of my readers from AskMarion and JustOneMorePet... I'm beating it. After losing our business because of the economy and factors related to the re-election of President Obama in 2012 followed by 16-mos of job hunting, my architect-trained husband is working as a trucker and has only been home approximately 5-days a month since I was diagnosed, which has made everything more difficult and often lonely... plus funds are tight. Our family medical deductible is 12K per year for two of us; thank you ObamaCare. But thanks to donations from so many of you, we are making ends meet as I go through treatment while taking care of my father-in-law who is suffering from late stage Alzheimer's and my mother-in-law who suffers from RA and onset dementia as well as hearing loss, for which there are no caretaker funds, as I continue the fight here online to inform and help restore our amazing country. And finally I need to thank a core group of family, friends, and readers... all at a distance, who check in with me regularly. Plus, I must thank my furkids who have not left my side through this fight. You can see them at JustOneMorePet.
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