On Tuesday, President Barack Obama gave his criticisms against the people rioting in the streets of Baltimore, due to the alleged police brutality with the late Freddie Gray. Obama referred to many of the people in the streets to be “criminals” and “thugs.” He argued that a breadth of societal changes must be taken on to address the foundation of the underlying tensions that exist between local police and the African-American community.
Obama explained that mending the problems that have occurred in Baltimore, Ferguson, and other cities will require difficult political choices on criminal justice, education, and economic investment. His remarks revealed that some neighborhoods in large metropolitan areas have been overlooked. He believes if the American public is serious about finding the solution to the problem, then it must encompass all of society. He feels in the past few years that attention to the aforementioned areas has ended in neglect. “And we don’t just pay attention when a CVS burns,” Obama said.
Furthermore, Obama stated the events that are currently transpiring in Baltimore are not statement for justice. “It’s a handful of people taking advantage of the situation,” he stated.
By Alex Lemieux
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