President Barack Obama marketed himself to the American people as penicillin to the nation’s racial woes. A vote for Obama was a vote for unity! How could you vote against that?
And so, a self-serving slice of the electorate indulged their virtuous exigencies, casting their ballot for what they perceived to be “something bigger.” Obama’s gleeful cry for “hope and change.”
Prior to the Obama presidency, President George W. Bush united Americans as… Americans through 9/11. He kept us safe, and unapologetically defended our common values of freedom and self-governance. But according to our national media, race relations prior to Obama’s presidency were like our healthcare system. Worse than Zimbabwe’s.
How successful was President Obama in mending these supposedly broken bonds? Here’s a comprehensive timeline of all the racial healing in the past eight years.
President Obama’s first headline hobnob with race-in-America dates back to the early days of his presidency. In 2009, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates arrived home to find his front door lock jammed. He opted to force his way in through the back door. Worried neighbors weren’t sure what was happening, and in good faith alerted the police.
Upon arrival, the officers – one of whom was black – asked Gates for ID, to which Gates then infuriatingly exploded, accusing the officers of racial profiling. “This is what it means to be black in America! ... Do you even know how many graduate degrees I have! Do you know who you’re dealing with here!? ... I’m a professor at Harvard. CAN YOU EVEN SPELL HARVARD?”
The befuddled, browbeaten officer arrested Gates on charges of disorderly conduct for his shrieking tirade.
The newly elected President disregarded the facts, kicking off what would be a long 8 years of poisonous rhetoric aimed at law enforcement. Joining the Cambridge coterie in haranguing the white working-class officer, Obama said: “he acted stupidly.”
Fast forward three years, and the glare of the national spotlight is on Sanford, Florida. In February of 2012, Hispanic-American George Zimmerman – leader of his community’s neighborhood watch – saw a young black man, Trayvon Martin, lurking around his community. Zimmerman called the police, reporting that the man appeared to be on drugs (autopsy confirmed this) and was urinating in front of a house.
After being instructed not to pursue the suspect, Zimmerman hung up. The initial confrontation between the two remains a mystery. However, all the available evidence aligned with Zimmerman's claim that Martin attacked him, knocking him to the ground. Jumping on top of him, Martin allegedly began beating Zimmerman, pounding his head into the pavement. Zimmerman subsequently reached for his gun, and shot Martin, killing him.
America’s racial-healer-in-chief Barack Obama responded to the incident, saying “if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” Busy acting as the pillars for Obama’s skewed racial narrative, the media failed to ask why exactly the President’s son would be high, lurking around neighborhoods and beating heads onto pavements.
When Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges, riots broke out across the country. Police cars were smashed and stomped on; windows were broken. A random white guy was robbed, the assailants yelling “this is for Trayvon!”
In November 2013, police officers shot and killed 16-year-old black teenager Kimani Gray in Brooklyn, New York. After observing suspicious behavior, the officers approached Gray, and he responded by drawing a firearm, pointing it squarely at the officers. (Not a good idea).
Despite the damning evidence that the officers were fully justified in shooting the suspect, riots ensued. Between 60 and 100 people took to the streets looting shops and smashing windows, allegedly chanting “NYPD, KKK, how many kids did you kill today”. Really all the hallmarks of a post-racial Obama America.
The next big moment for Obama’s post-racial era came in July of 2014. In a truly unfortunate incident, 43-year-old Eric Garner died after being placed under arrest by police officers. At a whopping 400 hundred pounds, Garner had a bevy of preexisting health conditions. After Garner resisted arrest, the officer – following standard protocol – administered a submission hold. This lead to Garner famously saying “I can’t breathe” – this line was like caviar to the fervid imaginations of liberal pundits. The autopsy showed however that Garner didn’t die of suffocation. The submission likely triggered Garner’s preexisting health conditions, killing him.
What should have led to a bipartisan effort to strike down useless laws prohibiting the sales of untaxed cigarettes, instead lead to violent race riots fueled by Obama’s mythical racist conspiracy against black Americans. He said, "And right now, unfortunately, we are seeing too many instances where people just do not have confidence that folks are being treated fairly. And in some cases, those may be misperceptions; but in some cases, that’s a reality.”
Next up is Ferguson, Missouri. August 2014. A name now synonymous with “black lives matter”. Eighteen-year-old black man Michael Brown robbed a convenience store. When pulled over by officer Darren Wilson, Brown tried to grab the officer’s gun. After it went off, Brown retreated until the officer exited his vehicle. At that point, Brown sprinted towards the officer, ignoring repeated pleas to stop. Officer Wilson shot Michael Brown, killing him. This was fully justified by all accounts, and Darren Wilson was fully acquitted by a grand jury. Nonetheless, this didn’t stop our divider-in-chief from coming out and exclaiming that the shooting “exposed the racial divide in the American justice system that stains the heart of black children.” Piling on, the national media took the contradicting reports of witnesses, with CNN hosts reporting that Brown had his hands up, exclaiming “don’t shoot”. This was a lie.
This led to protests lasting weeks, with looting and riots galore. A state of emergency was declared in Missouri. Had enough racial healing yet?
Obama’s reverse Midas-touch continued working its magic through 2015 when the national spotlight turned to Baltimore. After he was arrested for carrying an illegal switchblade, Freddie Gray died in the back of a police van as a result of spinal cord injuries. Despite the lack of evidence, liberals claimed Gray’s death to be a result of racism in policing. Adding fuel to the fire, racial-healing-monk Barack Obama stated, “This has been going on for a long time, this is not new, and we shouldn’t pretend that it’s new.”
Riots exploded across Baltimore, engulfing cars, businesses, and shops. A CVS Pharmacy was burned down, while the arsonists attacked firefighters trying to put the fire out.
Meanwhile, Baltimore’s Democrat mayor dumped a gallon of gasoline on the racial tensions, saying that she wanted to give space to those “who wished to destroy.”
In July of 2016, Philando Castile was driving with his girlfriend. Castile was pulled over by Jeronimo Yanez (A Chinese police officer). The vagaries of the traffic stop are unclear, but video shot after the altercation shows the officer shot and killed Castile.
Great-racial-healing-master Barack Obama was in Warsaw for a NATO summit at the time. Refusing to pass up an opportunity to chide America in a foreign nation, he addressed the shooting, “When incidents like this occur, there’s a big chunk of our citizenry that feels as if, because of the color of their skin, they are not being treated the same, and that hurts, and that should trouble all of us.”
Obama’s warm embrace of this fictional reality has demonstrably given leeway to radical race-baiters looking to riot and wreak havoc. Protests – albeit initially non-violent – quickly escalated into cinder blocks and fireworks tossed at police officers.
Despite Obama’s claims of unjust "systemic racism," the criminal justice system did its job. The officer responsible for the shooting was charged with second-degree manslaughter. The damage, however, was already done. Private property had been destroyed, businesses driven out, and tribal divisions intensified.
In Milwaukee August 2016, 23-year-old black male Sylville Smith was shot and killed by a black police officer. Exact details of the situation were still unclear at the time the event was reported. The suspect may have been threatening the officer with a firearm. Nonetheless, this was held up by the liberal Obama coalition as another example of system racism.
Racial agitators took to the streets, rioting for two nights. They set private property, businesses, and cars aflame. Police cars were destroyed and vandalized as the demonstrators tossed bricks through windshields.
In December of the same year, the officer who shot Smith was charged with homicide. It wasn’t because the riots and unrest had pressured the criminal justice system to abnegate their usual racist selves. The justice system works.
So, here we are. Eight years of racial healing under Barrack Obama’s leftist ideology and the country is far more divided than ever.
Racial riots and hostile tribal divisions weren’t nearly as common-occurring under past presidential administrations in recent history. What happened? Police activity or the criminal justice system didn’t suddenly begin to wantonly target black people as Obama was sworn into office.
At every opportunity to quash racial division, Obama's rhetoric instead amplified it. For eight years he continuously peddled the notion that America is a deeply racist, unjust vessel of oppression. While he would at times admit that some progress had been made in race relations, he consistently returned to his rhetoric about a country plagued by "systemic racism." And so, race relations in America changed to reflect the vision Obama promulgated for 8 years. The media beloved racial unifier, Barack Obama presided over the deterioration of race relations in America. If you like your race relations, you’ll get to keep your race relations.