No improvement despite the passage of a black president

Pas d’amélioration malgré le passage d’un président noir

The eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency in the United States have not helped to reduce the racism that prevails in our neighbor to the south, according to experts who fear an escalation of the tensions.

“If Martin Luther King was still alive today I believe he would say : “I still have a dream” [I still have a dream], ” says Charles-Philippe David, president of the Observatory on the United States and founder of the Raoul Dandurand Chair.

Professor of political science at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) is a reference to the famous speech “I have a dream” (I have a dream), the militant pacific for the improvement of civil rights of the african-american community, delivered in 1963.

Pas d’amélioration malgré le passage d’un président noir

Photo courtoisieCharles-Philippe David

Not evolution

For more than a week, demonstrations and riots broke out in the four corners of the United States following the death of an African-American, suffocating under the knee of a police officer.

The indictment for murder of the officer has not eased tensions.

Mr. David believes that little has been done to improve the cause of racism, and even if the first african-american president, Barack Obama, has ruled the country between 2009 and 2017.

“The people hoped that it’s getting better [with Obama as president], but the reality of it is that civil rights have not evolved,” says the professor of political science at Concordia University and a specialist in the United States, Graham Dodds.

Barack Obama has led the country between 2009 and 2017.

The specialist of american politics Rafael Jacob believes that the current president, Donald Trump, threw oil on the fire by declaring Monday that he would not hesitate to send the army into the streets to restore order.

“When I see citizens armed in front of their house to protect themselves, I tell myself that I don’t look forward to the rioters arrived in the neighborhood. It could slip even more, ” believes Mr. Jacob, who is also a researcher at the Raoul Dandurand chair.

He said that the number of weapons in circulation in the United States does not help the situation, but does not believe that the country could pay to the civil war for the time being.

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