Last Thursday evening, five Dallas officers were killed because the shooter, Micah Johnson wanted to kill police officers, particularly white police officers. On Tuesday, President Obama criticized police officers, among others and refused to mention racism towards white people is why five Dallas police officers were dead.
Obama also slightly scolded police officers during the memorial service for being prejudiced and the police officers behind him refused to clap.
“Whether you are black, or white, or Hispanic, or Asian, or native American, or of Middle Eastern descent, we have all seen this bigotry in our own lives at some point. We’ve heard it at times in our own homes. If we’re honest, perhaps we’ve heard prejudice in our own heads and felt it in our own hearts. We know that. And while some suffer far more under racism’s burden, some feel to a far greater extent discrimination’s stain. Although most of us do our best to guard against it and teach our children better, none of us is entirely innocent. No institution is entirely immune, and that includes our police departments.”
A row of police officers sitting behind President Obama chose not to clap during many portions of the president’s speech, including when he spoke of racial bias in the criminal justice system.
When Obama said, “when all this takes place more than 50 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, we cannot simply turn away and dismiss those in peaceful protest as troublemakers or paranoid,” the officers chose not to clap while the room was filled with applause.