Very few people can boast of having the moral authority to speak directly to the black community. If leaders white can help to calm down the game and if they can feed the search for solutions, we’ve recently seen black officers as the sheriff of Minneapolis have some success.
This morning, it was the turn of the first Black elected to the us presidency to share his thoughts. If we can discuss for a long time the record of his eight years in the White House, his sensitivity, his experience and the respect that he dedicated his compatriots give him a privileged status. More shy during his first term on the issue of racism and discrimination, Obama has little by little abandoned his restraint during his second term in office and since he left the presidency.
In a text published on Medium, the former president says he believes that protests can change things.
Obama first underlines the legitimacy of the anger and frustration of Black americans. An anger and a frustration exacerbated by the economic situation and health. If peaceful protest is a courageous gesture, it does, however, encourage not the violence of what he sees as a minority of radicals or thugs.
Destroying its district or its services will bring nothing good. It also seems very difficult to demand social reforms and impeccable ethics if it does not conform itself to the highest standard.
As it has done since the beginning of his involvement in politics, Barack Obama urged his fellow citizens not to under-estimate the impact of electoral participation. This participation should occur at all levels, but especially at the local level. Often, the solution lies in the proximity services. The local politicians, judges or police services often derive their authority from the electoral process.
For Obama, therefore, the protests are a good way to be heard and attract the attention of the media, but they are not enough. As he writes this morning: “So the bottom line is this: if we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn’t between protest and politics. We have to do both. We have to mobilize to raise awareness, and we have to organize and cast our ballots to make sure that we elect candidates who will act on reform.” In addition to denounce and go out in the street, Black americans must come together and ensure to vote.
The message of the former president, will he be heard? His popularity can help bring a little order? The message is prudent, realistic and, in the circumstances, positive. For the moment, it is one of the few credible personalities and known throughout the country to offer something other than the confrontation.