Ferguson, Missouri is in the midst of seemingly endless unrest in the wake of the death of Michael Brown, and President Obama is still on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard.
Obama has addressed the turmoil in two separate press conferences. However, with over 30 arrests already made, and on the hills of another night of violence, rapper P. Diddy has had enough and is calling on President Obama to do more than give a couple of speeches.
“This shit ain’t right,” Diddy said while watching the live stream of the Ferguson protests. “Obama, for real, get on a plane. It’s serious. These are your people, baby.”
P. Diddy has been a longtime supporter of the President, and is just one of many black entertainers now weighing in on the situation in Ferguson, Missouri.
Diddy, however, missed an opportunity to use his celebrity to urge calm and peace in Ferguson. He should’ve used his status as a successful business man, and more pointedly, as a loving father, to send a message of civility and respect for law enforcement to young black men all across the country.
At this point, there is very little that Obama can do to add any value to the situation in Ferguson. There are now three ongoing parallel investigations, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to arrive in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, from Chicago, to Detroit, to Washington D.C., there are hundreds of black men pulling triggers, with young black men on the other end of the barrel.
If Diddy is going to challenge Obama to do anything, he should be asking the president to address the epidemic of blacks killings other blacks, which fills way more caskets than white police officers ever could.
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