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President ObamaWhile the world is still reacting to the decision made by the Ferguson Grand Jury not to charge police officer Darren Wilson with the death of Mike Brown (click here if you missed it), President Obama has taken a minute to address the issue.

“Either way it was going to be the subject of intense disagreement,” the 53-year-old president shared during his speech to the country. “We need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make.”

He added, “There are Americans who agree with it, and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed — even angry. It’s an understandable reaction.”

He continued, “We have made enormous progress in race relations over the course of the past several decades. I have witnessed that in my own life, and to deny that progress, I think is to deny America’s capacity for change. But what is also true is that there are still problems — and communities of color aren’t just making these problems up. Separating that from this particular decision, there are issues in which the law too often feels as if it is being applied in a discriminatory fashion.”

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Mike Brown’s family also released a statement:

“We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions. While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen. Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera. We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction. Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference,” (via NBC News).

9 Comments

  1. amaa

    November 25, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Why am I not surprised this is America the land of the free. Where freedom and justice is selective and justice is biased. Mr president this is a weak statement for and incident that has happened twice under your watch

  2. Tee

    November 25, 2014 at 8:08 am

    At the end of the day, this is our fault–a problem created by black people.

    If we work hard and become successful, do we empower our fellow black brother and sister or do we lounge in our comfort and pride ourselves in being the only black friend of some Jewish corporate mogul???

    There is power in solidarity. There is longevity in being united. If I work hard and become successful, I die and the memory of me dies (eventually) but if as an organized organization, everyone takes it upon themselves to make a change in the next black person’s life…even if I die, I will live on…the works of my hands and the strength of my support will thrive in my black brother and sister’s lives and so the chain reaction begins and continues until we are a great peoples…until they respect us…until they cannot afford to kill us.

    We are the reason they kill our fathers, brothers, uncles…we gave them that power and only we can take it away–.by bettering ourselves and each other. Enough is enough. Black people have to wake up. We are not victims, we are victors but in order to win, one must identify a problem and create a solution. We have to change and make a difference.

  3. O~Intuition!

    November 25, 2014 at 8:10 am

    “Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference” #RIPMikeBrown

  4. jummai

    November 25, 2014 at 8:35 am

    But can someone just tell me why the grand jury decided not to charge the police officer who brutally murdered the young chap?

  5. Uju Lilian Ikegbune

    November 25, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Such hopeful n strength giving words. God give d Brown family d fortitude to bear their loss. May his soul RIP.

  6. jhennique

    November 25, 2014 at 9:43 am

    mtchewwwwwwwww! like we didnt always know it would end like this! na today?
    Me i don know tey tey. Its just for someone to pray not to be a victim to those he-goats in power.

  7. JAY

    November 25, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Like Lee kuan yew rightly said .. all men are not equal to assume that is to live under an illusion… America and the rest of the world will never take blacks seriously unless we earn their respect. Singapore, china, Israel were smart enough to know this and are powerful forces to reckon with this they have done by developing their economy.

    Its time for blacks to come back home and invest in Africa….How long are we going to keep flogging a dead horse , today its a shooting, tomorrow its an african man allowed to die of ebola in US. The pointers are there and glaring for all to see… Instead of rioting or throwing a pity party. We need to start a change . Unless africa becomes a powerful economic giant and force to reckon with these people will keep trashing us. Its commonsense and law of nature.

    I often read comments from repatriates and people who swear that africa is a terrible place and i feel really sad. Who is going to clean up your poo for you. WAKE -UP AFRICA, WAKE-UP NIGERIA

  8. @edDREAMZ

    November 25, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    Karma is really going to catch up with him no doubt…..
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  9. NagosBigBoi

    November 25, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    We need to stop all this the world is against us stuff. Yes there is racism in the world but how does that have anything to do with this?
    Let’s look at this:
    – Michael Brown walked into a store owned by a hard working Asian immigrant and stole (cigars) from him. When confronted by the owner, he used his physical size to intimidate the man. Too many african Americans feel that immigrants (Nigerians included) do not deserve to do well in America. They continously rob them and make their life a misery!
    I call bullshit on all this whites hate blacks crap! Nobody hates you enough to hold you down in the gutter.
    – during the initial riots I was surprised to read that majority of the blacks in the ferguson area were not even registered to vote and were complaining that the city was run by whites! Hello! You have the numerical advantage yet you chose not to be involved and complain……..puh lease!

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