April 12, 2021

Had Obama Not Played the Race Card, George Floyd Might Be Alive

George Floyd might be alive had former President Barack Obama not, for eight years, consistently play the anti-cop race card.

Despite receiving more white votes than 2004 Democratic candidate John Kerry, Obama said: “The legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives — you know, that casts a long shadow, and that’s still part of our DNA that’s passed on. We’re not cured of it. … Racism — we are not cured of it.”

Obama’s own presidential victory demonstrates that America is not “systemically racist.” In 2007, Gallup found that fewer Americans (5%) said they would not vote for a Black person than said they would not vote for a woman (11%), referring to his nomination rival Hillary Clinton. The same Gallup poll found that 24% and 42% of Americans, respectively, would not vote for a Mormon, referring to Mitt Romney, or for a person who would be 72 years old when he became president, referring to Sen. John McCain.

Early in Obama’s first term, an incident in Cambridge, Massachusetts, gave him a golden opportunity to defuse the lie that the police engage in “systemic racism” against Blacks. The Cambridge police briefly arrested Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, a Black friend of Obama, in his home. Gates, back from a trip, couldn’t open his front door and reportedly asked his driver to help. A neighbor, observing two people she did not recognize trying to force open the front door of Gates’ home, called 911. The cops arrived and politely asked Gates to exit the home so the police could determine ownership. Instead, Gates mouthed off and was briefly arrested.

Obama said, “The Cambridge police acted stupidly.” But the Cambridge Police Superior Officers Association and the Cambridge Police commissioner insisted the officer simply followed protocol. Obama’s statement infuriated officers all across the country and set up a template for the Obama administration: Cops systemically engage in unlawful anti-Black racial profiling.

Suppose Obama had not insultingly denounced the Cambridge police. Suppose, instead, Obama had said: “I’ve just spoken to my friend, professor Gates. I reminded him that he is a role model and that his behavior with the Cambridge police officer, who was merely doing his job, was unacceptable. We need to understand as Americans that officers typically have a difficult job. Yes, there are bad cops, but for the most part, they’re trying to do their best. And contrary to popular perception, the police, in recent years, have killed more unarmed whites than Blacks. It is a lie, not supported by the evidence, that cops are killing Blacks just because they’re Black. This is not your grandfathers’ America. It is our job as civilians to be respectful, polite and by all means comply. Comply; you won’t die.”

Suppose Obama encouraged Blacks to comply with the police and that if one feels mistreated, to get a name or badge number and sort it out later. Eric Garner died after an encounter where New York City cops arrested him for selling cigarettes. Had he not resisted, he would likely still be alive. Jacob Blake was shot several times by the Kenosha, Wisconsin, police when they suspected him of reaching for a knife. Had Blake complied, he would not be in a wheelchair today. Would that have encouraged Black suspects like George Floyd to respond differently to an encounter with the police?

Obama knows the statistics and studies. He knows there is no evidence of anti-Black “systemic racism” on the part of the police. But the political Obama knows that Black anger and resentment translate into Black votes. How many routine police encounters with Blacks escalate into something far more serious because young Blacks believe the “systemic racism” lie pushed by Black Lives Matter and their sympathizers?

Polls rate Barack Obama as one of the most admired people in America, particularly among Black Americans. Out of office, he maintains respect, power, stature and influence. As president, he could have saved lives by putting truth over politics. He chose not to. As a former president, he still can.

Mr. Obama, tell the truth. Save lives. It’s not too late.

Larry Elder is a bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio talk show host. His latest book, “The New Trump Standard,” is available in paperback from Amazon.com and for Nook, Kindle, iBooks and GooglePlay. To find out more about Larry Elder, or become an “Elderado,” visit www.LarryElder.com. Follow Larry on Twitter @LarryElder. To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

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    2. Did u see his birth cert it has no state seal on it and I have seen his University application. He received foreign student aid!

      1. From what I read his family is from mid east he did get foreign aid !! He needs to answer many unanswered questions about where he’s from enough of the damn lies!!!

    3. Id like to see him in handcuffs. Did more harm to America and now we hate another clueless fool at the telm finishing up the destruftion of a great country by handing it over to the ccp

  1. Obama is all about Obama. No one else, nothing else, always was, always has, forever more. Don’t believe me, ask Mike.

  2. They keep the sh_t up and their going to see some Racism…Joe says we’re the laughing stock of the world, do you see Russia or China with some chimps or chumps running their country??? I don’t think so!!!

  3. Bravo Dems caused Floyds death by race bait card on police,
    Bravo Dems its ON YOU , thanks Obama

  4. The most admired person in America????? Who the eff said that????That emm effer should be in prison!!!

  5. Obama did serious damage to our military, literally apologizing to terrorists and Pakistan forces that gunned down unarmed American troops they were supposed to be allied with. He cooked the books on the number of unemployed citizens labeling those whose benefits had been exhausted as unemployable. The only way Obama gets respect is when he buys it.

  6. OBama and history will show PROVE IT, took us back 50 years plus in race relations. OBama thought he was the BIG BRO….factually OBama is only 50% black…..so is he black or is he white. Anyways he caused the race problem in this contry and the polce problem…..HOLD HIM ACOUNTABLE, THEN WE HAVE THIS IDIOT BIDEN COME ALONG WHO IN FACT YEARS AGO DID NOT WANT HIS KIDS GOING TO SCHOOL WITH BLACKS…WHO ARE THE RACISTS IN THIS COUNTRY…………..THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS THE PARTY OF JIM CROW AND THE KKK.

    Lets put the blame where it belongs….THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, OBAMA, BIDEN, SCHUMER, PELOSI, CLINTON, KERRY, ETC. THERE IS A REAL GROUP OF MISFITS WHO COULD CARE LESS ABOUT THE AMERICN PEOPLE. JUST FILL THEIR WALLETS WHICH THEY HAVE DONE FOR YEARS. CHECK WHERE THE MONEY GOES ON SOME OF THESE BILLS, PELOSI’S HUSBANDS COMPANY, THE CLINTON FOUNDATION (SCAM) FEINSTEINS HUSBAND COMPANY, ETC. DECEITFUL PEOPLE. VOTE GOP IN 2022….CLEAN HOUSE.

  7. Obama is mainly responsible for the racial divide in our country and the media is right behind him

  8. THE CLINTON’S. THE BUSH’S, THE OBAMA’S AND THE BIDEN’S WOULD HAVE NEVER GOTTEN IN THE WHITEHOUSE IF IT WASN’T FOR THE RIGGED VOTING MACHINES, OUR COUNTRY WOULDN’T BE IN THIS MESS IF IT WASN’T FOR THE CORRUPT DEMOCRATS . WE HAD A GREAT PRSIDENT NAMED PRSIDENT TRUMP AND YOU CORRUPT DEMOCRATS RUINED THAT WITH ALL YOUR CORRUPT VOTING, GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD HELP US ALL.

  9. obama is the definition of the word NI–ER a insult to the human race we all bleed the same color the demos way to keep the people divided

  10. Larry Elder is spot on. The truth shall set you free. Thank you Mr. Elder for your honest article. We all know why Obama could not say those things. He was a paid puppet working for those who were trying to bring America to its knees. He was just one of a few on the payroll to do their bidding. He almost succeeded.

  11. Obama was and still is dangerous for what he is trying to do to this country, and Biden is dangerous to this country because he doesn’t know what the f… he is doing.
    We have a brain dead fool for a President, and now he is attacking our constitutional rights, and is going to use executive orders to do it, therefore avoiding congress. This fool needs to be removed, but the sad thing is, we have nothing better to replace him with other than a burnt out political whore.

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