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President Barack Obama Says Mistrust of Police is Corroding Society

President Barack Obama Says Mistrust of Police is Corroding Society

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hold hands while waving hello to the crowd at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Phoenix Awards dinner on Saturday (September 27) in Washington, DC.

The annual conference brings together activists, politicians and business leaders to discuss public policy impacting Black communities in America and abroad.

“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,” the President said in his speech, referring to the August 9 shooting of Michael Brown in Missouri. “We will miss him badly,” adding that “a gulf of mistrust” invades communities. “That is not the society we want. It’s not the society that our children deserve.”

FYI: The First Lady is wearing a Bibhu Mohapatra dress.

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  • Nightwish

    Someone tell obozo that the mistrust of GOVERNMENT is whats destroying society, including many of his policies that disenfranchise americans from their own country. From federal reserve shenanigans to constant warmongery to lax illegal immigration enforcement, he is a walking catastrophe.

  • Daners

    He could have made a statment back in August. Why make it now? He has time golf , hang out with stupid celebrities, has time for dumb things like Funny or Die but he wont can’t make a simple statement about an attack?

  • tyra

    Someone needs to tell Barry that if people would go out and get a job, any job, instead of hanging around doing nothing all day but looking for trouble, there wouldn’t be fear, resentment and hopelessness in the minority community.

  • sillyme

    Actually, it’s the mistrust of the federal government that is corroding society.

    And, why does he only make statements when blacks are killed. There have been unarmed whites killed by police, and whites killed by blacks because they are white, yet not a word from our mixed race president.

  • mae

    @#4 – Obama never makes statements when white people are killed because he’s just as racist as he claims the white community is. He and his awful attorney general are two peas in a racist pod.

  • mae

    @#4 – Obama never makes statements when white people are killed because he’s just as racist as he claims the white community is. He and his awful attorney general are two peas in a racist pod. His statements are made to stir up trouble, just like JJ is trying to stir up trouble by posting this story.

  • jeanie

    I love them so much. Much love Mr. President, and First Lady Michelle.

  • guest

    @sillyme: #4

    White persons killed by the police were armed with firearms, and were a threat to the police and others. . The black people killed by police were unarmed.
    Your moniker suits you just right. You really are silly.

  • guest

    @tyra: #3

    If you think President Obama has done nothing, you are ignorant and uninformed. GET INFORMED, and check out all President Obama has achieved for this nation, you UNEDUCATED MORON. Stop showing your ignorance.

  • Jennifer

    @mae: #5

    When have you heard of an UNARMED white youth gunned down by the police? I will be waiting for your PROOF.

    UNARMED black youth have been gunned down by the police, racists.

  • tyra

    @#9 – How old are you, 12?? You really should take the time to learn that people can disagree with other people without calling those they disagree with childish names. I have a right to my opinion just as you have a right to yours. Have a nice day. Bye.

  • mae

    @#10 – As a matter of fact just the other day a white youth was shot and killed by a black policeman but the story was buried because it didn’t fit the Obama/Sharpton talking points.

  • forrest gump

    UCLA-students just wanna know: W H O can we trust today???

  • guest

    @tyra: #11

    I am old enough to be INFORMED and know exactly what I am talking about when I say the President has done a whole lot for the American people since he has been in office.
    As I said, GET INFORMED…. learn what the President has accomplished for our country, and stop making ignorant statements. He has accomplished a whole lot, for the good, of the American people.

  • Jennifer

    @mae: #12

    BULLSH*T.. Post your proof! You can’t because it is a straight-up LIE!

    It is a shame when people like you have to make up LIES!

  • QueenOfTrashin

    Well, I am living proof that white people hate and mistrust ‘law enforcement’, too.

  • mae

    @#15 – You want proof, here’s proof. The shooting in question occurred on August 11 in Utah. The victim was Dillon Taylor; he was white, unarmed and aged 20. He was shot and killed by a black policeman. Look it up. You really should refrain from calling someone a liar before you know what you’re talking about.

  • tyra

    @#14 – What “ignorant statements” are you talking about?? And while you’re scratching your head trying to come up with an answer to that question please also list the accomplishments of Obama as i’m sure the general public would love to know the answer to that question as well.

  • tyra

    @#14 – What “ignorant statements” are you talking about?? And while you’re scratching your head trying to come up with an answer to that question please also list the accomplishments of Obama as I’m sure the general public would love to know the answer to that question as well. In my opinion it will be a very short list.