There is no excuse for the President of the United States and his attorney general to contribute to racial tensions in America, but that is exactly what they have done, whether intentionally (for political gain) or because they just can't help themselves.
When a reporter asked Obama about the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Gates, an African-American friend of Obama's, Obama said the Cambridge policemen who arrested Gates had acted "stupidly," despite admitting he wasn't aware of all the facts.
Concerning Martin, even the Washington Post reported that Obama decided to "assertively insert himself into" the "controversy" when he said: "When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids. ... If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon."
I ask you: Was that a proper statement from a President of all the American people, let alone one professedly committed to uniting the races? How can the chief executive of the United States possibly justify such a racially charged comment, which could have poisoned the jury pool, especially when, as was the case with the Gates incident, he couldn't have known all the facts?
In the wake of the jury's acquittal of Zimmerman, Obama weighed in again, this time exploiting the entire event, just as he had the Sandy Hook shootings, to promote gun control. "That's the way to honor Trayvon Martin," he said, unmistakably signaling that he is still heavily invested in the case as a matter of race.
Then there was the additionally disturbing revelation by the Daily Caller -- and other outlets -- that the Community Relations Service, a division of the Justice Department, "was deployed to Sanford, Florida (in 2012) to provide security for anti-George Zimmerman protests, including a rally headlined by activist Al Sharpton."
So now we have not just our political leaders making overtly divisive statements on race but the administration spending taxpayer money for the purpose of agitation. Just when you think things can't get much worse.
If there is any authenticity in Obama's claims to seek racial harmony in America, now is the time for him to make a 180-degree turn and use his bully pulpit to promote racial harmony. I am under no illusions that he will do so, but I can nevertheless pray that he will.
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