President Obama is currently on a speaking tour where he’s addressing criminal justice reform in hopes of establishing more lenient prison sentencing and better policing tactics.
When asked about the #BlackLivesMatter movement he defended the need for the organization in saying, “…Theres a specific problem that’s happening in the African American community that’s not happening in other communities and thats a legitimate issue that we’ve got to addressed…We as a society, particularly given our history have to take this seriously…”
#BlackLivesMatter originated via social media following the shooting of unarmed teenager, Mike Brown on August 9, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. The necessity of the movement continued as countless African Americans were victims of police brutality. Some of the senseless acts of violence caught on camera include the deaths of: Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Sandra Bland and many more.
The President chose his words carefully as he continued, “The African American community isn’t just making this up. It’s not just something thats being politicized, it’s real and theres a history behind it and we have to take it seriously.”
Obama concluded his statements by acknowledging law enforcement, “It’s incumbent upon the activists to also take seriously the tough job that police have.”
We applaud the president for addressing the movement but in watching the clip, we think there were certain things left unsaid. What would you like to hear from Obama regarding #BlackLivesMatter?
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1. The First Family
We're not sure how Barack Obama finds time to be the leader of the free world and still be a great dad, but it's clear his time management skills must be working. His 2 beautiful daughters Malia and Sasha are growing up into smart, talented young women right in front of our eyes. And while Mom (and First Lady) Michelle no doubt plays a HUGE role (aka the boss), we just had to share our fave dad & daughter moments.
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2. Malia, Sasha & Dad
Look at how beautiful these girls have become!
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3. Kisses For Malia
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4. Barack Shares Dad Wisdom With Malia
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5. The Obamas In The Holiday Spirit
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6. Malia Is Never Too Old To Hold Dad's Hand
Just look at how much love she looks at him with!
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7. Quality Time
This has to be one of our favorite pictures of the president ever.
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8. One Big Happy Family
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9. Singing Along
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10. Growing Up
Sasha was so young!
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11. Family Photo
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12. Malia & Dad On A Stroll
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13. All Smiles
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President Obama and Malia At Soup Kitchen” class=””>
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Barack Obama setting a great example for Sasha.
President Obama Defends The #BlackLivesMatter Movement, ‘We Have To Take It Seriously’ was originally published on hellobeautiful.com