Why Obama sends delegations to the funerals of criminals, but not to the funerals of patriots.
It’s been said that you cannot judge a man’s motives because you cannot see them. This is partly true and partly false—a half-truth—which if put into practice, makes it almost impossible to make assessments of someone else’s character. We are motives; our actions are cut from the fabric of our intentions, and as such, we simply need to reverse engineer actions to understand motives.
If all politicians worship the art of manipulation, Obama is their God (yes, I capitalized it, because if Obama were indeed a god, a lowercase “g” would surely be insufficient for him). Obama uses his time in office to do a great many things, but one of the things he does best is the stoking of racial animosity.
When Trayvon Martin was killed by George Zimmerman, Obama gave a speech in which he said “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” Zimmerman was exonerated because the evidence against him was found to be quite lacking.
After a Grand Jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown (because the evidence was, once again, severely lacking), Obama said the following:
“We need to recognize that this is not just an issue for Ferguson—this is an issue for America…We have made enormous progress in race relations over the course of the past several decades. I have witnessed that in my own life, and to deny that progress, I think is to deny America’s capacity for change. But what is also true is that there are still problems–and communities of color aren’t just making these problems up…”
Even in cases in which racism cannot be proven to have been a factor in the slightest (as was the case with Zimmerman, as well as Wilson), Obama loves to invoke racial tensions; he likes to drudge up into the public consciousness notions of cops versus blacks, segregation, and Jim Crow. This helps fuel the narrative that we are a deeply divided country, one that is at all times on the brink of some kind of racist horror.
As the investigation into Freddie Gray’s death at the hands of six Baltimore police officers continues, Obama has decided to send a delegation to the funeral.
“Obama honored Freddie Gray…by sending Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson, chair of the Obama administration’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force; Heather Foster, an adviser in the White House Office of Public Engagement; and Elias Alcantara from the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to his funeral.”
Breitbart notes that Obama sent a delegation to Michael Brown’s funeral as well.
This stands in stark contrast to other instances in which Obama didn’t send anyone to represent himself or his administration. At the memorial for James Foley, the American journalist who was beheaded by ISIS, no one from the Obama administration could be found.
New York police officer Brian Moore was shot in the head and killed last week by an African American man. CNN reports that his funeral Friday was attended by literally tens of thousands of police officers, as well as family and friends. Guess who didn’t send any representatives?
Prior to his kidnapping and execution, James Foley once organized an auction for a fallen colleague, saying:
“Freelancers take some of the biggest risks…We were with Anton so our mission was to provide for his children. We bear some responsibility on that day, we made mistakes—it could have been any of us that were killed—but Anton was killed.”
Officer Brian Moore was described by Deputy Inspector Michael Coyle as “a real crime fighter, a true believer, a heart of gold.”
Were these men not good enough for Obama to send even a single low-level representative to their respective memorials? Or did they simply not serve his agenda? I believe the latter is the case.
Obama was willing to send a delegation to the funeral of Michael Brown, the not-so-gentle giant, who strong-arm robbed a convenience store prior to allegedly charging at officer Darren Wilson; Obama was willing to send a delegation to the funeral of Freddie Gray, who allegedly had at least eighteen prior arrests before he was killed; but Obama was not willing to send a delegation to the memorials of two men whose deaths don’t aid the narrative of “racist America.”
Obama and the Democrats need this narrative to keep rolling so that black Americans feel like victims of an overwhelming oppression, the likes of which they cannot defeat without the help of—you guessed it—the Democrats. Then the Democrats tell black Americans that conservatives are racists who will do whatever it takes to—as Joe Biden himself said—”put y’all back in chains!”
It’s all about power. James Foley’s execution at the hands of Islamic radicals, and Brian Moore’s murder at the hands of a black man do nothing to keep the pot stirring—in fact, they have the opposite effect—so Obama doesn’t need to send his representatives.
James Foley and Brian Moore don’t matter, only #BlackLivesMatter
And #BlackLivesMatter only when they can be used by the President as fuel for the fire.