Obama has not helped country's race relations

info@islandpacket.comSeptember 3, 2013 

In 2008, Barack Obama campaigned as the post-racial candidate, promising to narrow the divide and heal the remaining differences. Voters believed him and rejoiced. Sadly, that was not to be.

Handling criminal acts between ethnic groups historically has been left to local authorities by our presidents. Instead, Obama has injected himself selectively into these matters, adding to racial divisiveness. He and his Justice Department mirror the Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons, but with more subtle histrionics.

Following the proper arrest of an African-American Harvard University professor by Cambridge, Mass., authorities, Obama, without knowing the facts, publicly called the police stupid. The Justice Department refused to pursue claims against the Black Panthers of voter intimidation. In the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case, Obama injected himself personally, stating that if he'd had a son, he would have looked like Martin and that 35 years ago, he could have been Martin. Are these remarks meant to heal or to incite?

Conversely, when an Australian baseball player here in America, a white 13-month-old baby and an 88-year-old World War II veteran were murdered by black teenagers and an employee of Homeland Security stated that "in order for blacks to survive ... a lot of whites have to be killed," Obama is conspicuously silent. There's nothing post-racial about this administration. Honest people must admit that race relations have regressed in the past five years. This is not what Martin Luther King Jr. died for.

Don Maresca

Bluffton

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