It seems to me that almost every time President Obama talks publicly about race, he stirs things up rather than calms them down. Whether intentional or not, it's unfortunate -- and damaging.
It's difficult to express opinions on race that don't conform to the politically correct narrative, because race baiters are always lying in wait to denounce anyone who dissents from their assessment as a bigot. Indeed, many leftists who call for a national dialogue on race routinely brand conservatives as racists -- merely because they are conservative -- even when they remain silent on racially sensitive issues.
But understand this: Whether or not people publicly express contrary opinions, millions hold them, and they'll continue to, no matter how effective the liberal establishment is at intimidating them into public silence.
Let me share with you a few objectionable statements in Obama's latest trip to the podium to discuss race: his unscheduled remarks last week on the George Zimmerman case.
He said he would "let all the legal analysts and talking heads address (the legal issues in the case)," clearly implying he wouldn't inject himself into those matters, which is great, except that he did just the opposite.
He said, "I'd just ask people to consider: If Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman, who had followed him in a car because he felt threatened?"
Aside from the inappropriateness of Obama's speculating about the legal issues after saying he wouldn't, his questions are gratuitously incendiary and misleading.
Under what set of facts presented to the jury -- or that we've heard elsewhere -- or under what law of any federal or state jurisdiction could Martin, had he been armed, have been justified in shooting Zimmerman?
Is the chief executive of the United States of America really suggesting that people can open fire on someone who is not attacking them or threatening them but just following them? Are neighborhood watch programs henceforth to be outlawed?
We don't even know whether Martin felt threatened -- as opposed to, say, incensed. If he had been threatened, would he have circled back to assault Zimmerman after he had removed himself from the scene (and any danger, assuming he was ever in danger)?
Obama also said, "That all contributes, I think, to a sense that if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, that, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different."