Former President Barack Obama wrote an article earlier this week regarding the "protests" aka riots that are going on in cities throughout the nation.
What is interesting is something that he mentioned in the article that we’ve heard the protestors say in these cities where the rioting is occurring.
Over the weekend the protesters have been saying that they voted and things didn't change. Well, duh! That because of how they vote. They are voting for oppression.
Minneapolis is one of the most liberal cities in the nation and this happened there. what does that tell you? Where is voting Democrat getting you? It's getting you chaos, police brutality, and oppression.
As Democrats are trying to win the 2020 election they know they are losing support, to address this Obama wrote:
I’ve heard some suggest that the recurrent problem of racial bias in our criminal justice system proves that only protests and direct action can bring about change, and that voting and participation in electoral politics is a waste of time. I couldn’t disagree more. The point of protest is to raise public awareness, to put a spotlight on injustice, and to make the powers that be uncomfortable; in fact, throughout American history, it’s often only been in response to protests and civil disobedience that the political system has even paid attention to marginalized communities. But eventually, aspirations have to be translated into specific laws and institutional practices — and in a democracy, that only happens when we elect government officials who are responsive to our demands.
Moreover, it’s important for us to understand which levels of government have the biggest impact on our criminal justice system and police practices. When we think about politics, a lot of us focus only on the presidency and the federal government. And yes, we should be fighting to make sure that we have a president, a Congress, a U.S. Justice Department, and a federal judiciary that actually recognize the ongoing, corrosive role that racism plays in our society and want to do something about it. But the elected officials who matter most in reforming police departments and the criminal justice system work at the state and local levels.
It’s mayors and county executives that appoint most police chiefs and negotiate collective bargaining agreements with police unions. It’s district attorneys and state’s attorneys that decide whether or not to investigate and ultimately charge those involved in police misconduct. Those are all elected positions. In some places, police review boards with the power to monitor police conduct are elected as well. Unfortunately, voter turnout in these local races is usually pitifully low, especially among young people — which makes no sense given the direct impact these offices have on social justice issues, not to mention the fact that who wins and who loses those seats is often determined by just a few thousand, or even a few hundred, votes.
The key there in what Obama said is, "the elected officials who matter most in reforming police departments and the criminal justice system work at the state and local levels." So many people fail to realize that.
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