President Barack Obama delivered the biggest praise we have heard from him yet for Black Lives Matter, and he did it just days after the deadly ambush on police officers in Dallas. He also took a moment to criticize police departments and put a large share of the blame on them.
During a meeting with the prime minister of Spain, Obama was asked a question about the Black Lives Matter, and he was quick to jump to the defense of the movement.
As recorded by WhiteHouse.gov, Obama compared Black Lives Matter to the movements to free slaves and give women the right to vote and the Civil Rights movement, among others, pointing out that "we've all benefited" from those movements even if they were "contentious and messy."
He then defended the participators of Black Lives Matter, saying, "There’s always going to be some folks who say things that are stupid, or imprudent, or overgeneralized, or harsh. And I don't think that you can hold well-meaning activists who are doing the right thing and peacefully protesting responsible for everything that is uttered at a protest site."
He then raced to the defense of the participators again, saying, "I think that the overwhelming majority of people who are involved in the Black Lives Matter movement, what they really want to see is a better relationship between the police and the community so that they can feel that it's serving them."
Then, after praising Black Lives Matter, he switched to criticizing police at the same time.
"I would hope that police organizations are also respectful of the frustration that people in these communities feel and not just dismiss these protests and these complaints as political correctness, or as politics or attacks on police," Obama said. "There are legitimate issues that have been raised, and there’s data and evidence to back up the concerns that are being expressed by these protesters."
And that's when he put the bulk of the responsibility for the attacks on police and the hatred toward them onto the police themselves, saying, "And if police organizations and departments acknowledge that there’s a problem and there’s an issue, then that, too, is going to contribute to real solutions. And, as I said yesterday, that is what’s going to ultimately help make the job of being a cop a lot safer. It is in the interest of police officers that their communities trust them and that the kind of rancor and suspicion that exists right now is alleviated."
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