Skip to comments.Barack Obama Rams the Issue of Racial Profiling Back Onto the Nationís Table.
Posted on 07/21/2013 12:26:42 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
President Barack Obama movingly spoke of the pain most African-Americans felt at the acquittal of George Zimmerman. But Obama didnt speak solely because he felt obliged to make a generic observation about the anger of most blacks toward the verdict, or even out of remembrance of the fight he led in the Illinois state legislature more than a decade ago to get a bill passed that put law enforcement on notice that racial profiling wont be tolerated. It took many tries and four years to get the bill finally passed. He spoke from a well-documented personal experience.
He bluntly noted in his 2006 book The Audacity of Hope that he was not always a high-profile, respected and acclaimed public official, and there was a time in the not so distant past that he suffered as he put it the litany of slights and abuses that ranged the gamut. He ticked them off quickly: security guards tailing him as he shopped in department stores, white couples who toss him their car keys as he stands outside a restaurant waiting for the valet, policebarack-obama-trayvon-martin cars pulling him over for no apparent reason.
A year after Obamas election in 2008, New York Congressman Charles Rangel cracked that if Obama, that is President Obama, strolled through East Harlem at nightfall sans suit, presidential entourage and limo, he could be shaken down, spread-eagled and cuffed. Rangel took much heat for a seemingly impertinent and ridiculous quip and walked it back but as Barack Obama now strongly hints, Rangel wasnt too far off the mark in zeroing in on the endemic problem of racial profiling. Now that Barack Obama has used the Zimmerman acquittal as the backdrop to make his toughest and strongest frontal address to date on racial profiling, this further confirms that Rangel may indeed have been on to something.
Much of law enforcement, a wide segment of the public, and even some blacks vehemently deny that black men are systematically targeted for stop, search and humiliation by cops just because theyre black. One Sanford police officer that took the stand as a prosecution witness during the Zimmerman trial was no exception to the rule. He flatly said that he didnt think that Zimmerman profiled Martin. Though he slightly walked it back under further questioning, he was credible because much of law enforcement has denied that profiling exists. The Zimmerman jurors obviously didnt disagree with that view.
This is not an academic point. The refusal to admit that racial profiling exists, not to mention the endless columns by conservatives that call racial profiling a flat-out myth, has done much to torpedo nearly every effort by local and national civil rights and civil liberties groups to get law enforcement and federal agencies not only to admit that racial profiling happens but to do something about it. A perennial federal bill served up by House Democrat John Conyers to get federal agencies to collect stats and do reports on racial profiling hasnt gotten to first base.
The surging number of blacks in Americas jails and prisons seem to reinforce the perception that crime and violence in America invariably comes with a young, black male face. And it doesnt much matter how prominent, wealthy, or celebrated the black person is.
Others go much further than calling it simply a case of fanning racial stereotypes and negative typecasting; they say that good police work is about the business of catching criminals and reducing crime. And if more black men are stopped in poor black neighborhoods or in any other neighborhood, its not because theyre black but because they commit more crimes. This is bogus on two grounds. In the overwhelming majority of stops of black men by police under stop and frisk tactics in New York and other cities, blacks are not arrested or charged with any crime. Also studies have found that blacks are stopped in disproportionate numbers in predominantly white neighborhoods with the same result. They are not arrested or charged with any crime.
Barack Obamas list of the ways blacks protest that they are profiled years after he first said that he felt profiled follows closely on the heels of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holders blunt charge in his address at the recent NAACP convention that he too believed hes been racially profiled in years past. Now that two of Americas most powerful and recognized officials saying the same thing about profiling, theyve rammed the issue back on the nations table where it never should have left.
Until we decide that racial profiling is a good thing, God help out Country.
Earl is such a tool.
He should feel ashamed that he is not nearly as incisive and intelligent as a write/pundit as a skinny white woman, Ann Coulter.
She makes far more sense writing about matters of race as this loon does.
What a powerful position Obama is in. He can have liberal white guilt from his white half and at the same time have the racist black hate and rage from the other half.
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Profiling is just natural instinct based on reality. Do you think people are going to stop locking doors or reporting suspicious looking people in their neighborhood and risk getting murdered, raped, or robbed to make a bunch of white rich elitist feel better about being white? Nah don’t think so.
If black males want to stop being profile maybe they should stop with the rape, murder, and robbery at an alarming rate.
Oh and let me say, there is a motorcycle “club” about three blocks from my house, and at night I’d never walk past all those big white tattooed dude’s hanging outside on their clubhouse front yard drinking and whooping it up. Noway.
I walked the other side of the street. I won’t even look at them if I’m driving by because one time I did and they yelled vulgar stuff because I’m a female.
Barack Obama and his ilk profile white people as racists all the time. Nothing he says has any real meaning.
“If black males want to stop being profile maybe they should stop with the rape, murder, and robbery at an alarming rate.”
Life experience teaches one how to survive. During my lifetime I’ve twice been robbed and threatened with a weapon. Both times the attackers were young black males. Is it not prudent to avoid situations where I might be attacked a third time?
You love that gif. lol
Absolutely, and it’s not something one even thinks about it’s a natural reaction. You defend your life and your family because the bastards in power aren’t going to do it.
Hey, if a picture is worth a thousand words, then a good .gif is a thousand plus a smile.
Liberals are compelled to feel a tinge of guilt for having feelings of bias, when, in fact, these feelings are simply the result of statistics (after all, blacks represent 12% of the population yet commit 50% of murders and 35% of rapes in our society).
And in spite of massive media propaganda to the contrary, black on white crime IS far more common than the reverse, so a rational white individual fears are confirmed by statistics:
Blacks are seven times more likely than people of other races to commit murder, and eight times more likely to commit robbery.
When blacks commit crimes of violence, they are nearly three times more likely than non-blacks to use a gun, and more than twice as likely to use a knife.
Hispanics commit violent crimes at roughly three times the white rate, and Asians commit violent crimes at about one quarter the white rate.
The single best indicator of violent crime levels in an area is the percentage of the population that is black and Hispanic.
Of the nearly 770,000 violent interracial crimes committed every year involving blacks and whites, blacks commit 85 percent and whites commit 15 percent.
Blacks commit more violent crime against whites than against blacks. Forty five percent of their victims are white, 43 percent are black, and 10 percent are
Hispanic. When whites commit violent crime, only three percent of their victims are black.
Blacks are an estimated 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against a white than vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit robbery.
Blacks are 2.25 times more likely to commit officially-designated hate crimes against whites than vice versa.
Perhaps many of us are statisticists - not racists that is, people who respond to the world based on factual statistics.
In other words, making a rational decision to have fears based on numerical analysis is an intelligent survival instinct. At the same time, when you or I meet a black person, we treat them in a friendly, colorblind manner just as we would treat anyone else. But in a situation where our safety might be compromised, were less apt to trust a black than an Asian or a White simply because of intelligent use of statistics.
Even Jesse Jackson said it so well:
There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.... After all we have been through. Just to think we can’t walk down our own streets, how humiliating.
(That was a remarkable lapse of honesty for the master race-card player...)
Rather than succumb to fears of being labeled a racist for harboring fears about blacks, why not chalk it up to statistics?
And until the black community changes those statistics (by better behavior such reducing their crime rate and not pushing misogynistic, hateful, racist black/rap culture as being cool), people are going to continue to categorize blacks based on statistics. Perhaps this is culturist and not racist or a combination thereof...
Many on the left nauseatingly chestbeat proudly about how non-racist they are, but at the same time, they support morally corrupt, slickly-packaged policies like Affirmative Action and they support blatant racists like Eric Holder and Black Obama (read Dreams from my Father to get an idea of Obamas not-so subtle hatred for white society).
Every young generation grows up with a fresh look at things. In the Baby Boomer generation, their racial awareness was of segregated buses & drinking fountains, Selma Alabama, the KKK, etc. So understandably, lots of people from that era have huge tinges of guilt about oppressing blacks, even if their families never were racist.
In my generation, I grew up facing the oddities of affirmative action and questioned the ethics of it. For all the contemporary airtime the word racial profiling gets in our left-controlled media and government, no one ever is honest enough to admit that affirmative action is essentially a form of state-sanctioned racial profiling!
For me, state sanctioned discrimination for/against individuals based on skin color is racism. But its actually worse than arbitrary racism by free individuals because the State is using force to implement fundamentally racist policies. Can you say big brother? Its another form of socioeconomic fascism that deprives some groups of their natural rights as individuals.
It seems so patently hypocritical of todays neo-racists to essentially claim, yo man, we gonna use racism as a tool to end racism. Cant these people see that their methods are so racist?
Cmon sheeple, wake up! I do believe if MLK were alive today, he would rightfully oppose affirmative action:
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
Indeed there have been racial injustices in the past, but it is not ethical to correct them with racist, punitive measures. Its analogous to if someone burgled some black persons house somewhere/sometime in history and then the court systems remedy would be to allow some other arbitrary black person to go burgle some other arbitrary white persons house. Insane. Two wrongs dont make a right.
There are plenty of racial/cultural groups in the history of this country who have been discriminated against in the past & the present. Many years ago, it was the Irish who were rejected. In my fathers coal mining town, the established people were racist/culturist against Lithuanian immigrants. I often cite Mexicans who are also subjected to racism in this country just as blacks are, but they have responded to their plight in a much more positive way than the blacks have.
On the one hand, you have Mexican illegals who perilously swim/hike across the border just to come here to work for $8-10/hour picking lettuce & strawberries, washing dishes, gardening, construction. And on the other hand, youve got American blacks whining, Yo man, I cant get me no job! The Mexicans are finding the jobs under adverse circumstances, so why cant the Blacks?
so far the only racial profiling we have is from the current regime in WashDC
they talk and act like we’re all a bunch of racist scum but the reality is that nearly all the racist speeches and racially discriminatory administration of public programs is eminating from them, not us
Even older hard working Blacks fear black “gang banger” dressing yutes with ridiculous side worn basball caps, pants so low half the underwear showing, sporting gold “grilles” and an arrogant prison walk attitudes.
Smart blacks cross the street or roll-up their windows and lock their car doors at the sight of this urban vermin shuckin down the road, its too eurocentric to use the damn sidewalk.
No words yet on IRS political profiling...
I am all for desegregating these ghettos to Korean ghettos...
can i shrug any louder...
They CANNOT allow people to point out the LIFESTYLE choice and REAL-LIFE conduct of the black community without the ONLY defense being "Racist", "Bigot", etc.
Blacks disproportionately commit crime, disproportionately live on Welfare, disproportionately succeed in avoiding personal responsibility for their actions (fatherless children), and have been receiving handouts to survive for 4 generations. African nations are squaller-infested tribes running rampant, not un-like American cities, with the exception here being that we PAY the blacks to conduct themselves irresponibly.
Most transparent administration in my memory.
its only wrong when other people do it.
All these supposedly educated Blacks making such stupid inferences. He thinks profiling needs to be on the table because it's a problem with racist Whites. It really needs to be on the table because so many Blacks behave so badly that one would be nuts to not profile.
Amen......STop Committing SO MANY CRIMES AND YOU WON”T BE PROFILED!!