Obama Defends Black Lives Matter Movement While Protesters Scream Threats Against Police
I would say the president's timing was a little off.
Defending the Black Lives Matter movement, President Barack Obama said Thursday the protests are giving voice to a problem happening only in African-American communities, adding, "We, as a society, particularly given our history, have to take this seriously."
Obama said the movement, which sprung up after the deaths of unarmed black men in Florida, Missouri and elsewhere, quickly came to be viewed as being opposed to police and suggesting that other people's lives don't matter. Opponents have countered that "all lives matter."
At the conclusion of a White House forum on criminal justice, Obama said he wanted to make a final point about the nexus of race and the criminal justice system before launching into his defense of the movement.
"I think everybody understands all lives matter," Obama said. "I think the reason that the organizers used the phrase 'Black Lives Matter' was not because they were suggesting nobody else's lives matter. Rather, what they were suggesting was there is a specific problem that's happening in the African-American community that's not happening in other communities.
"And that is a legitimate issue that we've got to address."
Meanwhile, in St. Louis, police escorted a gaggle of BLM protesters and some of the demonstrators tried to justify President Obama's faith in them by screaming "Pigs in a blanket. Fry 'em like bacon" at their protectors.
The perspicacious judgment of our president is becoming legendary and this is just one more example of it. Islamic State is the "JV," "red line," "If you like your plan/doctor, you can keep them..."
What would give anyone the idea that those fine, upstanding protesters (who probably look like the sons Obama never had) were anti-police? Maybe they were just looking forward to breakfast at IHOP.