The media cycle and fired up advocates might not have been entirely fair to President Obama’s remarks about the Black Lives Matter movement in London; but then again, President Obama wasn’t entirely fair to the protestors. The President gave a seemingly exasperated civics lesson when speaking about the tactics of BLM activists, saying, “Once you’ve highlighted an issue and brought it to people’s attention and shined a spotlight, and elected officials or people who are in a position to start bringing about change are ready to sit down with you, then you can’t just keep on yelling at them.” Of course, the last bit of the clip is what got shared virally and has inspired even more yelling. There are real reasons for disappointment with President Obama’s approach and determination to right key civil rights issues ranging from mass incarceration to the war on drugs and racial profiling laws. At the end of the day, the President’s right to explain that yelling isn’t effective advocacy, but those who are yelling have a whole lot to keep yelling about.

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