President Barack Obama said last night concerning the Grand Jury decision in Ferguson: “We have made enormous progress in race relations over the past several decades. I’ve witnessed that in my own life. He went on to say, “And to deny that progress I think is to deny America’s capacity for change.”
Unfortunately, this progress has been stopped in its tracks during the last six years when you, Mr. President, have had the bully pulpit, and promised Hope and Change, but did nothing.
You mentioned in your speech last night not one word that the grand jury, after considering all the evidence, had made the right decision .
You did not mention that you are now ready to lead the African American community to ways in which they can become part of the mainstream America instead of the face of thuggish behavior such as looting, pushing drugs and forming gangs.
You did not mention that it is time for the black “folks” to take some responsibility for their own actions. You did not mention that every day in America we witness African Americans killing men of their own race.
If I thought I was being singled out by police, I would not rob a store, nor manhandle its proprietor. I would not refuse a police order to leave the street and get on the sidewalk. I would not resist arrest by slugging an officer or grabbing his gun; and I would not run from him and then turn around, head down, to charge the officer whose gun I had already tried to take.
As you said last night, Mr. President, “Law enforcement should be trained to ensure officers conduct themselves ‘in a way that is fair to everybody’”. Does that include the police? It could be interpreted that you were indeed telling your “folks” and all Americans last night that the police in this case did not act in a fair way.
A Democrat Senator from Louisiana, Maria Chappell-Nadali, incited violence last night when she said, about the ongoing riots, this is St. Louis’s race war, adding, “We didn’t have a race war like other cities throughout the U. S.,” and this is “our race war.”
Oh, we are so sorry she didn’t get to have one before, but we can see she is excited to finally have one now. Perhaps you might tell Senator Chappell-Nadali that she is being irresponsible, and she is certainly not emulating Martin Luther King, Jr. Perhaps you can ask her to work with you on your plan to improve relations between police and African American communities.
Your plan might be to have the people hold themselves responsible for their own actions. Looting and burning stores in their neighborhoods only serve to alienate business owners, and have nothing to do with closing racial gaps or monitoring wayward teens.
I am sure your plan will include the following advice to African American youth:
- take your education seriously
- do not have babies until you are married
- don’t get married unless you believe your baby Daddy will be staying around to raise your children with you
- don’t make government assistance your goal in support of your bad life decisions
- value even menial jobs as stepping stones to more responsibility and better jobs
- and don’t break the law.
Heeding these actions will go a long way to minimize their risk of being ensnared in a lifelong state of poverty.