Ferguson and How Obama Failed on Race

One of the most remarkable aspects of the reaction to the Ferguson, Missouri controversy is the manner in which President Obama has become a marginal figure in the discussion about race in America. To say this is not to discount the fact that the president’s various statements on the case—including his entirely appropriate response to the grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown and his condemnations of the violent riots that ensued—have been given wide notice. But one of the most significant elements of this debate is the one that few are discussing: how is it that the man who was elected president in no small measure to heal the country’s historic racial divide has not only failed to advance that cause but has found himself sidelined by race baiters. As with so much else that has happened in this failed presidency, Obama’s inability to act decisively or courageously caused him to miss opportunities to help a nation that looked to him for leadership.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Sidelined by race baiters?
    He started it.
    It’s like the running of the bulls and he fired the first rocket.
    And the second.
    And the third.

    • Frau Katze

      He was just the respectable-appearing one who was suitable for a presidential run. Sharpton wouldn’t do there, but Obama enabled Sharpton and his crowd.

  • Minicapt

    Not remarkable at all; he is acting as he has throughout his time in office, and in accordance with the skills he was demonstrating before Nov 2008. What is remarkable is the stupidity of those who had thought he could “behave like a President”, and are now trying to discern why they might be ‘possibly’ wrong.