President Obama Talks Racial Profiling
While answering a question posed by Chicago Sun-Times writer Lynn Sweet, President Obama gave his thoughts about the recent arrest of Harvard professor and noted author Henry Louis Gates Jr.
"Now, I don't know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that," President Obama said. "But I think it's fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and, number three, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there's a long history in this country of African Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately. That's just a fact."
A number of Hip Hop artists came out in strong support of President Obama both before and during his election last November [click to read]. The rocky relationship between law enforcement and many artists has been well documented. Much like last year's presidential election, HipHopDX will make efforts to poll members of the Hip Hop community to see if statements similar to the ones President Obama made Wednesday echo the sentiments of Killer Mike included below.
"So I think Hip Hop has a significant slice [of credit for Obama’s victory] because Hip Hop exposed us to one another before politics did. Hip Hop has done wonders in terms of breaking down the false walls of racial differences in this country. It’s brought us in big part to this point. Thank God for the art form of Hip Hop."