Ferguson crisis troubles Obama's careful race stance

Protestors shout slogans near police headquarters in Los Angeles on November 26, 2014Barack Obama’s election as the United States’ first black leader raised hopes that his presidency would serve as a platform for work to bridge the country’s still dangerous racial divides. “We need to recognize that this is not just an issue for Ferguson, this is an issue for America,” Obama said, as he cautiously addressed a crisis that has triggered coast-to-coast protest marches. He condemned the looting and arson that erupted after Monday’s decision, but said he understood those who believe law enforcement treats black suspects like 18-year-old Michael Brown harshly. Distrust of Obama among white voters could have cost him the presidency had it not been for the surge in support among America’s black and brown minorities that carried him to office.

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