Editorial: Black Lives matter, the paradox of President Obama’s regime

The disquieting rise in the number of African Americans killed by white police in the United States is woven in a remarkable paradox. Nobody ever had the slightest idea that the election of the first black US president would paradoxically lead to the United States becoming more racist.

In spite of being the first black US president, President Obama would surely go down on record as the only US President who witnessed a dramatic rise in the number of black people killed by cops during his two terms at the White House.

Statistics of US police shooting to death African Americans are staggering and damning.

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Damning figures. Last year alone, 346 black African Americans were shot dead by the US police.     Source: Mapping Police Violence.

Out of a total number of 43 former US presidents, Obama’s administration has helplessly seen the killing of over 500 African Americans just within the past 24 months according to mappingpoliceviolence.com. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, no justice has been done to water down public opinion that racism is once again showing its ugly face.

A paradox indeed! The disturbing reality is that it is undeniable President Obama is the most pro-gun control president the United States have ever had.

When  Obama took over, there was the euphoria that he was going to bridge the colour gap among America across the board being a black president. But with less than four months left in his tenor as president, there is no chance of that ever happening.

We cannot lay any blames on Obama’s doorstep. President Obama has repeatedly tried to lobby congress to implement a stricter gun control, but like the trigger-happy white cops shooting African American people, Obama’s proposal for gun control was summarily shot down by a reluctant congress.

SEETHING

One appalling reality about the whole affairs is that justice has never been done, at least from the prism of a black eye, and there is no reason to suggest that justice would be done any time soon regarding the successive killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castilo in spite of the stone-wall evidence in the public eye.

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An African American protester carrying a banner with a poignant message. The protest that continue throughout the United states follow the shooting of two black men .

African Americans are not in denial as some US politicians seems to be. Writing in New York Times, Michael Eric Dyson, a professor of Sociology at Georgetown University has this so say: ‘‘ We do not want cops to be executed at a peaceful protest. We also don’t want cops to kill us without fear that they will ever face a jury, much less go to jail, even as the world watches our death on a homemade video recording. This is a difficult point to make as a racial crisis flares around us’’

Professor Dyson continues ‘‘if you do not know us, you also refuse to hear us because you do not believe what we say. You have decided that enough is enough. If the cops must kill us for no good reason, then so be it because most of us are guilty anyway. If the black person that they kill turns out to be innocent, it is an acceptable death, a sacrificial one’’ Professor Dyson concludes.

We at Continental Radio Station do not want to blame the cops, but we blame the culture that has produce cops who believe that black is bad and should be shot at with impunity. President Obama’s hands are clean though he would admit that it was his administration’s undoing to eliminate the black and white divide in the United States.

Ange Ngu Thomas

Author: Ange Ngu Thomas