Early reports are that two officers have been shot at a Black Lives Matter rally in Dallas.
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President Obama, once again, could not wait or ask for calm after an interracial shooting that appeared questionable on first reports. It is impossible to know how this one will turn out, but it is absolutely irresponsible for the President to fan the flames of racism with remarks mere hours after the shooting, before numerous questions have been answered or any serious investigation has been undertaken. From the nytimes.com:
In his comments, President Obama made a point of emphasizing that protests and outrage after that shooting and one in Baton Rouge early Tuesday morning that was captured on video, did not constitute a bias against the police, saying that, “to be concerned about these issues is not to be against law enforcement.”The point is that we do not know precisely what happened yet. It is a rush to judgement. It is impossible to know this early. President Obama has a habit of rushing to judgement when cases that might be white on black make the news. He has been repeatedly wrong. He was wrong about the arrest of Henry Lois Gates. He was wrong about Treyvon Martin. He was wrong about Michael Brown in Ferguson. He was wrong about Freddie Gray. When there are questionable shootings of white people, no remarks are forthcoming. The president did not call for an investigation when Eric Scott was shot in Las Vegas. Scott's shooting may be remarkably similar to the recent shooting in Falcon Heights. He did not ask people to feel what it might be like to be one of Lavoy Finiicum 's family.
“I would just ask those who question the sincerity or the legitimacy of protests and vigils and expressions of outrage, who somehow label those expressions of outrage as ‘political correctness,’ I just ask folks to step back and think,” he said. “What if this happened to somebody in your family? How would you feel?”
He has been all too willing to jump to racist conclusions about White police officers. His intemperate remarks have driven the country into disparate racial groups that are more divided than at any time since the middle 1960's.
His words have inflamed emotions and almost certainly lead to attacks on police officers. It is breaking that two officers have been shot at a Black Lives Matter rally in Dallas, Texas.
I wonder if President Obama will ask us all to wonder what it would be like to be a member of those officers' families. It appears that the President does not think that police lives or white lives matter.
Governor Dayton of Minnesota has been just as bad. Mere hours into the investigation of the Falcon Heights shooting, long before conclusions can be legitimately drawn, he is jumping to them and inflaming racial tensions. From the washingtonpost.com:
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Following a fatal police shooting in a quiet suburb that rapidly rippled across the nation, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said in no uncertain terms Thursday that Philando Castile ended up dead at least in part because he was black.These Democrat politicians do the nation a great disservice by exacerbating tentions instead of seeking calm and deliberate investigations. Rushing to judgement undermines the rule of law.
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