It is well-known that President Obama and his administration have a working relationship with Black Lives Matter organizers and activists, having invited them to the White House on multiple occasions for conferences and discussions.
He chose his words carefully when responding to the current events in North Carolina.
In an interview for ABC News’ “Good Morning America”, Obama had no words of direct condemnation for the Black Lives Matter protesters whose rioting is turning Charlotte, North Carolina into a war zone.
But he did say maybe they’re trying to reform the system in the wrong way, reported the Washington Examiner. The rioting was referred to as just “young people venting their frustration.”
“I think it’s important to separate out the pervasive sense of frustration among a lot of African-Americans over the shootings of people and a sense that justice is not always colorblind,” Obama said.
It “requires being peaceful – that requires being thoughtful about what are the specific reforms looking for,” he stated. He said most people who are concerned about the way police officers perform have tried to reform the system “in the right way, “but every once in a while you see folks doing it the wrong way. Looting, you know, burning buildings, breaking glass. Those things are not going to advance the cause,” he said.
Earlier this week, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the protesters in Charlotte, North Carolina “were exercising their constitutional and protected right to peaceful protest in order to create change” and told them, “we need your voice, we need your passion, we need your commitment.”
At one meeting with Black Lives Matter organizers at the White House in February, this comment was reported from Obama:
“They are much better organizers than I was when I was their age, and I am confident that they are going to take America to new heights,” Obama said of Brittany Packnett, DeRay Mckesson and other young protest leaders.
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