How President Obama ‘Showed His Brother Card’
Filed by KOSU News in US News.
July 19, 2013
Among the many commentaries after President Obama’s personal remarks Friday about the prejudices that African-American men still deal with and the emotions that the Travyon Martin case has raised, there’s this from Radio One Detroit host Angelo Henderson on All Things Considered:
“He showed his brother card. He talked about being an African-American, [about] being racially profiled as a kid. … He connected with so many African-American men who have been in those same situations. … He revealed that, yes, he’s part of this community.”
We’ll add the broadcast version of his conversation with NPR’s Audie Cornish to the top of this post later.
We’re also watching for more commentaries.
At the National Journal, Jill Lawrence (who this blogger worked with for many years at USA Today), writes:
“Though his apparently unscripted comments in the White House press briefing room drew scorn and even accusations of racism from some on the right, he was right to try to lay out a constructive, non-political path forward. It would have been a missed opportunity – a huge missed opportunity – if America had not heard firsthand from its first black president at a moment like this.”
But Ari Fleischer, a White House press secretary during President George W. Bush’s time in office, asks “why did it take the Trayvon Martin case for the president to come out and raise some of these very valid issues that it would be constructive for our nation to talk about in a unified fashion?” [Copyright 2013 NPR]