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The '''Obama riots''' were a series of racially motivated conflagrations that erupted nationwide in the last half of President Barack Obama's second term.  Initially elected as America's first "post-racial" president<ref>http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18489466 </ref> many African-Americans became increasingly disillusioned as Obama's presidency progressed.<ref>http://www.people-press.org/2014/12/08/sharp-racial-divisions-in-reactions-to-brown-garner-decisions/12-8-2014_08/ </ref> Critics charged Obama personally inflamed the rioters and lawless elements responsible for the destruction of property, businesses, and jobs in several American cities.<ref>http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2015/04/protests-baltimore </ref>
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The '''Obama riots''' were a series of racially motivated conflagrations that erupted nationwide in the last half of President Barack Obama's second term.  Initially elected as America's first "post-racial" president<ref>http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18489466 </ref>, many African-Americans became increasingly disillusioned as Obama's presidency progressed.<ref>http://www.people-press.org/2014/12/08/sharp-racial-divisions-in-reactions-to-brown-garner-decisions/12-8-2014_08/ </ref> Critics charged Obama personally inflamed the rioters and lawless elements responsible for the destruction of property, businesses, and jobs in several American cities.<ref>http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2015/04/protests-baltimore </ref>
  
 
Patrick H. Caddell and Douglas E. Schoen noted early on in the [[Wall Street Journal]], "Rather than being a unifier, Mr. Obama has divided America on the basis of race, class and partisanship."  Mary Frances Berry, former head of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, acknowledged that the [[Obama administration]] attempted to polarize America around the issue of race as a way of diverting attention from an anemic recovery and other issues.<ref> "Having one's opponent [[race card|rebut charges of racism]] is far better than discussing [[Unemployment|joblessness]]." Berry, M.F. (2010, July 20). [http://www.politico.com/arena/perm/Mary_Frances_Berry_91E3D9D5-C40D-440C-9D48-1C50CBC60C87.html Energy Arena, Driving the Conversation: Contracting Out U.S. Security? And will Branding Tea Party Racist Work?] ''Politico''.</ref> Caddell and Schoen further stated, "President Obama's divisive approach to governance has weakened us as a people and paralyzed our political culture."<ref>Caddell, P.H. & Schoen, D.E. (2010, July 28). [http://online.wsj.com/article/NA_WSJ_PUB:SB10001424052748703700904575391553798363586.html Our Divisive President]. ''The Wall Street Journal''.</ref>
 
Patrick H. Caddell and Douglas E. Schoen noted early on in the [[Wall Street Journal]], "Rather than being a unifier, Mr. Obama has divided America on the basis of race, class and partisanship."  Mary Frances Berry, former head of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, acknowledged that the [[Obama administration]] attempted to polarize America around the issue of race as a way of diverting attention from an anemic recovery and other issues.<ref> "Having one's opponent [[race card|rebut charges of racism]] is far better than discussing [[Unemployment|joblessness]]." Berry, M.F. (2010, July 20). [http://www.politico.com/arena/perm/Mary_Frances_Berry_91E3D9D5-C40D-440C-9D48-1C50CBC60C87.html Energy Arena, Driving the Conversation: Contracting Out U.S. Security? And will Branding Tea Party Racist Work?] ''Politico''.</ref> Caddell and Schoen further stated, "President Obama's divisive approach to governance has weakened us as a people and paralyzed our political culture."<ref>Caddell, P.H. & Schoen, D.E. (2010, July 28). [http://online.wsj.com/article/NA_WSJ_PUB:SB10001424052748703700904575391553798363586.html Our Divisive President]. ''The Wall Street Journal''.</ref>

Revision as of 23:09, 24 May 2015

The Obama riots were a series of racially motivated conflagrations that erupted nationwide in the last half of President Barack Obama's second term. Initially elected as America's first "post-racial" president[1], many African-Americans became increasingly disillusioned as Obama's presidency progressed.[2] Critics charged Obama personally inflamed the rioters and lawless elements responsible for the destruction of property, businesses, and jobs in several American cities.[3]

Patrick H. Caddell and Douglas E. Schoen noted early on in the Wall Street Journal, "Rather than being a unifier, Mr. Obama has divided America on the basis of race, class and partisanship." Mary Frances Berry, former head of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, acknowledged that the Obama administration attempted to polarize America around the issue of race as a way of diverting attention from an anemic recovery and other issues.[4] Caddell and Schoen further stated, "President Obama's divisive approach to governance has weakened us as a people and paralyzed our political culture."[5]

"Police acted stupidly"

President Obama attempted to mitigate the fiasco his comments created about the integrity of law enforcement by inviting his personal friend and the arresting officer to a White House Beer Summit.

In the opening months of his presidency, Obama's close personal friend, Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., was arrested on misdemeanor disturbance charges.[6]

Asked about the incident at an evening prime time press conference televised to the nation, Obama attacked the police and proclaimed the arresting officer "acted stupidly."

Shortly after Obama's display of disrespect for police in the legitimate performance of their duties, his poll numbers declined, particularly among groups who are the biggest victims of crime. The Pew Research Center noted "Some of the larger declines are among members of his own party."[7]

Obama condemns an innocent Hispanic

In March 2012 a white Hispanic shot and killed a 17 year old youth, Trayvon Martin, who violently assaulted him. A jury found Trayvon Martin's killer acted in self-defense.[8] Wikipedia reports, "media coverage surrounding Martin's death was greater than that of the 2012 presidential race, which was underway at the time."

According to the victim, an altercation began when Martin suddenly appeared from behind and said, "You got a f----- problem, homie? You got a problem now", knocked him down and and pounded his head on a concrete sidewalk.[9] The victim received a nose fracture, two black eyes, lacerations to the back of his head, a back injury, and facial bruising. When Martin saw the gun, he reached for it saying, "You're going to die tonight m-----------!" President Obama later remarked, "Trayvon Martin could have been me."[10]

Liberal Law Professor Jonathon Turley noted, "I am equally troubled by Attorney General Eric Holder discussing the case in public speeches when his department is supposed to be conducting an unbiased review of the facts involving a man who has not been convicted of a crime....The impression, in my view, diminishes the appearance of due process and fair trial for the accused."[11]

After he was exonerated, the victim responded to the President's provocative comments: "I think that throughout the process the president should have done what he said he was going to do and not interject himself in a local law enforcement matter or a state matter and waited until the facts came out, instead of rushing to judgment, making racially charged comments, and pitting American against American. I believe that he should of taken the higher road given his position and, been an example, been a leader as the president should be and say, let's not rush to judgment."[12]

Ferguson

Eric Holder, point man for the administration's racial agitation program.

Baltimore

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