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Has Obama missed the opportunity to make a difference in black lives?

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Has Obama missed the opportunity to make a difference in black lives?
  Yes, he has.
  No, he hasn't.
The African American communities in inner cities are hurting and there is massive unrest on the streets of Chicago, Charlotte and many other cities across the country. Obama has asserted that under his presidency the African American Communities have become better educated, more prosperous and safer. If so, why is there more unrest in the community than ever? The crime rate in African American communities has not gotten down. Their job participation is at the lowest. The prisons are full of Afr...Read this
The African American communities in inner cities are hurting and there is massive unrest on the streets of Chicago, Charlotte and many other cities across the country. Obama has asserted that under his presidency the African American Communities have become better educated, more prosperous and safer. If so, why is there more unrest in the community than ever? The crime rate in African American communities has not gotten down. Their job participation is at the lowest. The prisons are full of African American men who have been picked up for possession of drugs, we still find African American communities lacking basic educational facilities and in some instances, even quality medical facilities in their area. The community relations with cops is at its lowest and it started pretty much from the Henry gates incident. To refresh all of your memory, "On July 16, 2009, Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., was arrested at his Cambridge, Massachusetts home by local police officer Sgt. James Crowley, who was responding to a 9-1-1 caller's report of men breaking and entering the residence. The arrest initiated a series of events that unfolded under the spotlight of the international news media. The arrest occurred just after Gates returned home to Cambridge after a trip to China to research the ancestry of Yo-Yo Ma for Faces of America. Gates found the front door to his home jammed shut and, with the help of his driver, tried to force it open. A local witness reported their activity to the police as a potential burglary in progress. Accounts regarding the ensuing confrontation differ, but Gates was arrested by the responding officer, Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley, and charged with disorderly conduct. On July 21, the charges against Gates were dropped. The arrest generated a national debate about whether or not it represented an example of racial profiling by police. On July 22, President Barack Obama said about the incident, "I don't know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that. But I think it's fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home, and, number three, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there's a long history in this country of African Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately." Law enforcement organizations and members objected to Obama's comments and criticized his handling of the issue. In the aftermath, Obama stated that he regretted his comments and hoped that the situation could become a "teachable moment". It was not a teachable incident. He has jumped the gun many times to blame the police before getting his facts right. He has lost a chance to better for the African American community, in his effort to leave a legacy. Close this
Asked - 2:17 pm - Sep 22 2016
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