“Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, President Barack Obama condemned the “criminals and thugs who tore up” the city of Baltimore on Monday night, after rioting and looting paralyzed the city and overwhelmed local officials. The sustained outbreak of violence followed the funeral for Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man who died after he was arrested more than two weeks ago. Cars were set on fire, stores were destroyed, and six officers were seriously injured. It was the first time Obama has commented on the turmoil in Baltimore that has followed Gray’s death.
““There’s no excuse for the kind of violence that we saw yesterday. It is counterproductive,” Obama said at a press conference from the White House. “When individuals get crowbars and start prying open doors to loot, they’re not protesting. They’re not making a statement. They’re stealing. When they burn down a building, they’re committing arson. And they’re destroying and undermining businesses and opportunities in their own communities. That robs jobs and opportunity from people in that area.”
“The growing violence in Baltimore, just 40 miles from the White House, represents another challenge for the Obama administration in addressing racial unrest across the country. Since the police killing of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer, the administration has worked to acknowledge deep frustrations in minority communities while also supporting law enforcement.
“Obama said he spoke with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who was sworn in Monday, said the Justice Department is investigating Gary’s death.
However, Carly Fiorina, a former business executive, raised the question of racism even higher during an exclusive interview with Newslo. “The situation in Baltimore is truly devastating,” she stated. “I can understand the people’s unrest with the current situation in terms of what’s been going on at that front during the past months. However, I cannot help but ask myself – what more do black people want?”
She continued: “From my perspective, it can hardly be said that black people are discriminated or oppressed in America. Why? Take politics as an obvious example: the mayor of Baltimore is black. So is the police chief. And how about the fact that Loretta Lynch was just days ago sworn in as the next attorney general? Oh right – and there’s that little fact that the President of the United States is also black. It’s like the whole country is gradually going dark! Does that look like racism? Not from where I’m standing.”
“And another thing,” she added. “As if all of that wasn’t enough, somehow they still manage to blame white people for everything wrong with this country. Funny how that works, huh?”