President Barack Obama Speaks Out on How Change Can Occur

Praise for peaceful protests, extolling civil disobedience and promoting the power of voting, President Barack Obama shares with Medium this and how we can use our frustration to bring forth change 

Toree Weaver

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: June 4th, 2020 9:46pm pst

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As many of our neighborhoods experience protests and rioting, a lot of us are searching for leaders to help us organize and vocalize our frustrations. President Barack Obama has continued to use his platform to inform and guide citizens of the United States in several situations. Recently, he released a statement on medium.com to provide encouragement to those who are trying to understand the necessary steps to move forward.

In the article Obama highlights how “peaceful, courageous, responsible, and inspiring” protesters have been during all of this. In addition to the demonstrations we have witnessed across the country, there have been a number of riots and violent acts. President Obama challenged people to use history to measure the consequences of these actions.  

I saw an elderly black woman being interviewed today in tears because the only grocery store in her neighborhood had been trashed. If history is any guide, that store may take years to come back. So let’s not excuse violence, or rationalize it, or participate in it. If we want our criminal justice system, and American society at large, to operate on a higher ethical code, then we have to model that code ourselves,” Barack Obama said. 

As he mentioned the efforts citizens are taking to enable change, President Barack Obama gave insight on how to maintain momentum and reach long term goals. Our efforts must extend beyond protesting to ensure that the senseless killings of  Black people end with Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. 

“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,” Barack Obama said. “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.”

Voting isn’t a foreign concept to us. We’ve heard countless times that participating in our democratic system is how we can best articulate the change we want to see. In his article with Medium, Barack takes it a step forward to inform voters on elected positions that require attention. Of course, the presidential election is crucial but mayors, county executives, district and state attorneys are equally important. Leaders in the community have direct influence over police misconduct investigations and convictions. With this much power, it is important for voters to stay encouraged and take action. Researching candidates who align with your beliefs is a good start. The article emphasizes that different cities need different solutions and those ideas start with us. 

To conclude his statement, President Barack Obama shared some resources and encouraging words. A report developed during his presidency by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and based on the work of the Task Force on 21st Century Policing can be found in his website here (imbed link https://www.obama.org/wp-content/uploads/Toolkit.pdf). His website has also created a landing page dedicated to organizations and resources that are taking action which can be found here (imbed link https://www.obama.org/anguish-and-action/).

“I recognize that these past few months have been hard and dispiriting — that the fear, sorrow, uncertainty, and hardship of a pandemic have been compounded by tragic reminders that prejudice and inequality still shape so much of American life. But watching the heightened activism of young people in recent weeks, of every race and every station, makes me hopeful. If, going forward, we can channel our justifiable anger into peaceful, sustained, and effective action, then this moment can be a real turning point in our nation’s long journey to live up to our highest ideals,” he said. 

Although his terms are completed, Barack Obama continues to be a voice for the voiceless. His constant efforts to create a better nation has been heartening during these tough times. It is important to stay focused on the end goal and demand respect. 

AfterBuzz TV will continue to cover the latest events around the country and justice for George Floyd. Make sure to share this article with a friend to keep the names of Floyd and other innocent Black people alive. 

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Toree Weaver is an AfterBuzz TV host with a passion for glamour and kingdoms. When she isn’t modeling or dancing, she can be found binge watching shows from Gossip Girl to Game of Thrones.

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