In November of 2017, former first lady Michelle Obama spoke about using words and language responsibly, especially on social media.
“You don’t tweet every thought,” she said. “I’m not talking about anybody in particular. Tweeting and social media, that is a powerful weapon. You need to think and spell it right and have good grammar.
Every word you utter has consequences. You can’t slash and burn up folks because you think you are right. You have to treat people like they are precious, even those you don’t agree with.”
Fast forward two years. In an interview highlighting her memoir, Becoming, Obama did the very thing she warned against in that two-year old quote. She slashed and burned up folks, simply because she thinks she is right.
While discussing what she called “white flight” in Chicago neighborhoods, Obama said,
“As families like ours — upstanding families like ours who were doing everything we were supposed to do and better. As we moved in, white folks moved out because they were afraid of what our family represented.”
“I want to remind white folks that y’all were running from us. This family, with all the values that you read about, you were running from us. And you’re still running because we’re no different than the immigrant families that are moving in, the families in Pilsen.
The families that are coming from other places to try and do better. But because we can so easily wash over who we really were — because of the color of our skin, because of the texture of our hair — that’s what divides countries, the artificial things.”
This past Tuesday, she said that white Americans are “still running” from minority communities when they move to another neighborhood. She further alerted the audience:
“I can’t make people not afraid of black people,” adding: “I can’t explain what’s happening in your head, but maybe if I show up every day as a human, a good human … maybe, just maybe, that work will pick away at the scabs of your discrimination.”
Mrs. Obama, please let me remind you that every word you utter has consequences. One of the consequences of your blanket statements is me writing this article and calling you a race-baiter.
For those unfamiliar with the term, Merriam-Webster defines it as: the making of verbal attacks against members of a racial group.
By emphatically implying that white people are afraid of black people, and that her being a good ‘human’ will eventually allow white people to stop be so discriminatory towards minorities, she is guilty of race-baiting. Read: she’s not bringing people together… she’s dividing them by design.
Let me go on the record as saying, there are absolutely racist people in this country. And they come in all races, encompass all genders (both of them), vary in age and socio-economic status, run from high school dropouts to those with a Ph.D.
Furthermore, I will also state unequivocally, there is no room for racism, in any form, manner or fashion. It is wrong. Plain and simple.
Getting off my soapbox, let me continue.
To imply that white people as a whole fear minorities, especially people of color, is not only irresponsible on her part, it is an outright lie.
Was it intentional on her part, or does she truly believe that? I cannot answer that. Only she can.
My family and I lived in South Dallas for 8 years. We lived in a predominately Hispanic part of town. We were one of two white families on our block of Monroe Drive. The rest of our neighbors were black or Hispanic. That neighborhood is one of our favorites that we have lived in. My kids still tell me all the time that they miss the “Monroe” house. We moved after 6 years in that home.
According to the former First Lady, we left because we were running and were scared.
The reality is, we moved because my company moved us.
When leaders of any community put out information like Obama did this week, there are members of that community who will take it as gospel and run with it as being iron-clad truth. This is accurate of every community and demographic. Too often, people do not weigh what they hear against what they know to be true, and the allow other’s opinions to skew their view of the world, simply at face value.
That is dangerous and reckless.
Don’t believe me?
We currently live in a society where there are members of different communities that believe all cops are racists and go work every day; hoping to shoot a person of a minority background.
Where would that sort of belief come from?
After the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, President Obama said:
“In too many communities around the country, a gulf of mistrust exists between local residents and law enforcement. Too many young men of color feel targeted by law enforcement — guilty of walking while black or driving while black, judged by stereotypes that fuel fear and resentment and hopelessness.”
Democratic candidate for the White House, Kamala Harris, who is black, tweeted on the 5th anniversary of Brown’s death:
“Michael Brown’s murder forever changed Ferguson and America. His tragic death sparked a desperately needed conversation and a nationwide movement.”
Those are dangerous sentiments Senator. Your blatant disregard for the truth has reignited flames of hatred and intolerance towards police officers, nit only in the St. Louis area, but around the country.
Every time that an officer is involved in a shooting or a use-of-force event, it is almost instantly portrayed by the media as being racially motivated.
My own brother was involved in an officer-involved shooting back in 2006. We detailed his story earlier this year. Because John is white and the suspect was Hispanic, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) leadership hit the airwaves screaming that the subject’s death was racially motivated.
The truth of the matter, the assailant was a convicted felon, who had two felony warrants for his arrest, fled a traffic stop in his vehicle (another felony) and assaulted an officer (yet another felonious commission). In the assault of my brother, he was almost in his attempt to wrestle his service weapon away from him. John knew that if he did not kill this suspect, he was going to lose his life that night. That truth would have been no less true had the suspect been white.
Folks, I will not speak for an entire group of people. I will only speak for myself.
Just as we have no room for racist behavior, speech or thought in this country, the mindset that white people, as a whole, are discriminatory towards minorities should be equally unacceptable.
As Michelle Obama said:
“Every word you utter has consequences.”
And she is correct.
We all need to consider what we are saying, but we also need to evaluate what we believe. Simply hearing that something is true doesn’t make it true. We should all balance what we hear versus the reality of what we have seen to be true.
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In case you missed it, her comments were made on the heels of Biden’s comment that “Cops don’t pull over white girls.”
Yes, you read that correctly. In just a single statement, 2020 hopeful Joe Biden just called every single police officer in America a racist.
On Saturday at the Second Step Presidential Justice Forum, multiple POTUS wannabes used their time with the microphone and a captive audience to preach about how bad police are.
During the Q & A section of the event, the former vice president was asked a question by a black female student.
“If I were your daughter, what advice would you give me the next time I am stopped by the police?” the woman asked the 2020 candidate.
No one saw his response coming.
“If you were my daughter, you’d be a Caucasian girl and you wouldn’t be pulled over,” Biden said. “That’s what’s wrong.”
Biden doubled down on his statements by tweeting out a clip of his answer, letting America know that cops are racist and saying that he’ll put an end to it if he’s elected.
“Institutional racism should no longer exist. As president, I’ll put forward change to help put an end to it,” he said in the clip.
Institutional racism should no longer exist. As president, I'll put forward change to help put an end to it. pic.twitter.com/DQtPzGIfNq
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 27, 2019
Meanwhile, you’ve got other presidential candidates that have repeatedly thrown the entire community of law enforcement under the bus.
Senator Elizabeth Warren has been quoted saying that the entire criminal justice system was racist, front to back, while defending criminals who fought back against police.
And Bernie Sanders may have topped them all, suggesting that police would shoot unarmed minorities in the back for not cooperating.
Is this real life?
At Saturday’s event, a black student at the forum asked Sanders how he should handle getting pulled over by a cop.
.@BernieSanders to black student on how to handle getting pulled over by the police: “Identify who the police officer is – respect what they are doing so that you don’t get shot in the back of the head.”
— chris evans (@notcapnamerica) October 26, 2019
“Respect what they are doing so that you don’t get shot in the back of the head.”
The question-and-answer session took place at the forum at Benedict College, which is a historically black college.
The student posed to Sanders:
“If I’m your son, what advice would you give me next time I’m pulled over by a police officer?”
Sanders said to identify the police officer “in a polite way.”
“I would respect what they are doing so that you don’t get shot in the back of the head, but I would also be very mindful of the fact that as a nation, we have got to hold police officers accountable for the actions that they commit,” he said.
And make sure it’s being recorded, he said.
“I would be very cautious if you were my son in terms of dealing with that police officer, but I would also defend my rights and know my rights and make sure if possible that police officer’s camera is on what goes on.”
According to CBS News campaign reporter LaCrai Mitchell, the question seemed to “stump” Sanders and he struggled to answer it, ultimately not getting much applause or crowd approval when he did, she said.
Sanders came under attack for his response.
One of those people coming after him was Morehouse College adjunct professor David Dennis Jr., who said:
“Bernie Sanders does not understand race in America.”
Unlike Biden, Sanders didn’t post his reponse on Twitter… instead sharing a clip of him commenting on the criminal justice system.
“If you are wealthy and powerful, or maybe the president, you are above the law. But if you are poor, if you’re black, if you’re Hispanic, it’s a different story,” he said in the clip.
If you are wealthy and powerful, or maybe the president, you are above the law. But if you are poor, if you're Black, if you're Hispanic, it's a different story. Maybe I'm old fashioned but I happen to believe in equal justice for all people. pic.twitter.com/GLLgI3KBVc
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 27, 2019
These potential future leaders have made it clear that they have absolutely no support for those who enforce the laws that they’ve helped create.
Let’s hope every officer in America sees this before making their choice.
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