President Obama urges calm in Ferguson

President Obama urges calm in Ferguson 

Posted: 11:09 pm Monday, November 24th, 2014

By Jamie Dupree

Appealing for calm in Ferguson, President Obama told reporters at the White House that a discussion is still needed in America about race relations, but he directly urged those disappointed with the grand jury decision not indict a police officer in the shooting death of a black teenager to divert their fury into something other than violence.

“To those in Ferguson, there are ways of channeling your concerns constructively,” Mr. Obama said in a late night statement from the White House Briefing Room.

“There’s never an excuse for violence,” the President added.

While the President urged all sides to show restraint, the reaction from members of Congress was more emotional, especially among black lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Other black members of Congress made clear that violence should not be an acceptable response.

10 comments
Trisha2014
Trisha2014

A community that is filled with unaccountable adults can't change. A community that talks down their peer's for doing well cant change. A community that believe's prison time is a badge of honor can't change. A community that blames an outside source for their pain cant change. A community that see's color can't change. A community that believes its very life is dependent on an outside source cant change. This goes for the world, not just one community. Things cant change unless YOU do. 

Pacifino
Pacifino

How about starting with the black community to refrain from robbing stores, pushing around the employees and not assaulting the police. Would that be a good start for change??  Then after this change let see how relations are with the police. Racial and structural bias??  johnson, clay, lee, and lewis's comments are too shallow to be taken seriously. Such hypocrites are like obama who wants respect  and then hides his records. Liars will never get the respect. Criminals will never get respect from the police or public. Talk about change?  That is another joke. The fastest way, the only way, will be with respectful, honest people who have some character, some morals, some honesty, and not using thugs and felons for icons. Why not address this, johnson, lee, clay, and lewis???

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JordanRBurdine

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Ultraman8
Ultraman8

These uneducated elected officials were elected by uneducated voters. I don't hear them complaining about black P O killing black teens. Only the white cops. Maybe we should go back to separate but equal. Segregate the schools. Let the blacks congregate with the blacks. Have a black only police dept in black neighborhoods.

Businesses beware. If you are in a black neighborhood, you had better think twice.

HL
HL

Racial bias?  If you are found guilty what does the color of your skin have to do with it? The media convicted this officer not knowing the evidence from ALL witnesses.  Yes there were even black witnesses who told the truth not covering up for a individual who committed a crime and just happened to be black.  God Bless all that told the truth, no matter the persons race.  MB elected to rob the convenient store and then assault a police officer.  What are you saying, the officer should just let him walk away because he is black?  What was the first place they targeted last night, a liquor store!  The national guard should have protected that business along with all of the rest, but because the color of their skin it allows them to destroy the town!  Come on elected officials don't fan the flame, wrong is wrong no matter the color of your skin! 

Raptor01
Raptor01

Listening to the radio and hearing black people play the race and victim card. Disgusting.

Raptor01
Raptor01

Black people doing what they do best. Here is a thought...apply all that energy that they are using to burn down Ferguson, and use it to get jobs, and get off welfare.  

Trisha2014
Trisha2014

@Pacifino That would be great. Even greater would be if the white, hispanic and all other communities stopped robbing, pushing around the employees and assaulting cops too. Wouldnt that be great?? Just THINK, if ALL people quit that we would be able to move forward into a better world.

Trisha2014
Trisha2014

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