Over the last few weeks there has been multiple stories about the racial divide within the nation. After the Ferguson case, where a grand jury concluded that they were not going to indict Darren Wilson. He was accused of shooting an unarmed black teen, Michael Brown.
Today, came news that charges would not be brought upon police officers in NYC, who choked an black man to death. All while, the incident was caught on tape. Protests have taken place all throughout the country calling for an end to ,racial profiling and police brutally against African Americans.
President Obama made a statement today in regards to the most recent incident, involving police brutally against African Americans.
In his remarks, he refuses to answer any questions specific to the case, due to the ongoing investigation. However he does make comments regarding the divide within the country.
“It is incumbent upon all of us as Americans regardless of race, region, faith — that we recognize this is an American problem and not just a black problem or a brown problem or a native American problem — this is an American problem when anybody in this country is not being treated equally under the law that’s a problem and it’s my job as president to help solve it,” Obama said at the sixth annual White House Tribal Nations Conference.
He goes on to say that the police and communities have to work together to build a relationship with one another. This can be easier said than done.
Does the media play a part in this racial divide? I think to some degree they do. Police brutally, unfortunately, is nothing new in this country. It has been going on for years. Just in recent years, has it gained more national attention. This is in part due to the media coverage.
Without the national coverage of these two events, in particular, the entire entity of the nation would not know about it. It would be more of a local issue. It has created a nationwide epidemic.
Obama was initiated efforts to allow local law enforcements to wear cameras. A move that could potentially save lives. However, with the latest victim succumbing to death due to the police, was filmed during the incident and it did not save his life. The hashtag going around social media sums it up perfectly…#AllLiveMatters