“It will be an image that may endure beyond Barack Obama’s tenure,” writes James Oliphant about the above image. Meanwhile, Juan Williams asks, “Where is the black leadership now that a grand jury has decided not to indict the police officer that killed Michael Brown?”
President Obama’s leadership didn’t do much (if any) good. Here is more from James Oliphant’s commentary about Obama’s response to Ferguson:
As to whether Obama himself will travel to Ferguson to make another appeal for restraint, he was noncommittal.
“Let’s take a look and see how things are going,” he said in response to a question. If he was watching television after his remarks, he could see that for himself. And things weren’t going very well.
As for those other alleged “black leaders” …
Where is the black leadership now that a grand jury has decided not to indict the police officer that killed Michael Brown?
Where is Al Sharpton? He advertises himself as a spokesman for the best interests of black America. But he is absent.
Where is Jesse Jackson, another popular media personality who says he speaks for black America? He’s missing in action, too.
Those are the thoughts of liberal Democrat journalist Juan Williams.
Here is more from Williams (with all emphasis being mine):
The president represents black power beyond anyone’s imagination just a few years ago. He inspires young black people to dream of fulfilling their dreams. Here is a black man with a seat at the head of the American table of leadership and that means the world’s leadership.
But he is now weighed down by the troubled history of American race relations and the failure of established black civil rights and political leadership. So President Obama had to step into vacuum of national civil rights leadership and appeal for peace on the streets all the way from the White House.
Street violence, riots, only plays into the hands of racial provocateurs who are too weak to engage in the constant, on-going struggle for equal rights and protections for black people. Those self-promoters are never around to clean up after a riot destroys a black neighborhood and tears at the trust between good people of all races.
Folks, what we have here is the theme for a new movie.