As student activists take universities across the nation by storm, decrying what they believe to be racial and social injustice, one can only shudder to think about what President Obama, never turning down an opportunity to pander to his liberal base, had to make of the enormous problems plaguing poor, predominantly African-American communities like Baltimore and Ferguson. Ramesh Ponnuru, writing for Bloomberg View, took it upon himself to hear what the president had to say at a speech addressing the riots that engulfed Baltimore earlier this year. Although Ponnuru initially found some degree of merit in what Obama had to say about changing policing methods and the problem of absentee fathers, his charitable reaction gave way to shock when the President made this incredible statement:
“But if we really want to solve the problem, if our society really wanted to solve the problem, we could. It’s just it would require everybody saying this is important, this is significant — and that we don’t just pay attention to these communities when a CVS burns, and we don’t just pay attention when a young man gets shot or has his spine snapped. We’re paying attention all the time because we consider those kids our kids, and we think they’re important. And they shouldn’t be living in poverty and violence.”
In short, the president is accusing us, the American people, of being indifferent to the plight of the inner-city. This after spending millions upon millions of tax dollars on the federal government’s so-called “War On Poverty”, an LBJ-era plan meant to uplift the country’s underclass that instead entrenched it, trapping many in the impoverished conditions it was supposed to extract them from. Obama can criticize America’s treatment of urban communities all he wants, but to say that we as a nation don’t care after devoting untold amounts of treasure to helping said communities is either willfully ignorant or just plain ignorant.
On top of that, even if Obama’s claim about the callousness of white Americans was true, how would they go about showing they were consistently “paying attention” to the problems of the African-American community, like poor relations with police and fathers who leave their families to fend for themselves? Does he expect Americans to push for harsher enforcement of child-support laws, with more severe punishments for absentee fathers? That would require major involvement and activity on the part of the criminal justice system and more specifically police, who, funnily enough, are seemingly the one arm of government that liberals have a bone to pick with. It’s easy to chide others for perceived shortcomings, as Obama is so fond of doing, but finding concrete solutions to real problems is something that is apparently beyond his power.