President Barack Obama said the type of racial discrimination found in Ferguson, Missouri, is not unique to that police department, and he cast law enforcement reform as a chief struggle for today’s civil rights movement.

Obama said improving civil rights and civil liberties with police is one of the areas that “requires collective action and mobilization” 50 years after pivotal civil rights marches brought change to the country. The president made his first remarks about this week’s Justice Department report of racial bias in Ferguson, which found officers routinely discriminating against blacks by using excessive force.

“I don’t think that is typical of what happens across the country, but it’s not an isolated incident,” Obama told The Joe Madison Radio Show on Sirius XM radio’s Urban View channel. “I think that there are circumstances in which trust between communities and law enforcement have broken down, and individuals or entire departments may not have the training or the accountability to make sure that they’re protecting and serving all people and not just some.”


In another interview with radio host Tom Joyner, Obama said that despite the progress in race relations over the past 50 years, the Justice Department findings about Ferguson show that civil rights “is an unfinished project.”

“There is work to be done right now,” he said.


On Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder called the federal report a “searing” portrait of a police department that he said functions as a collection agency for the city, with officers prioritizing revenue from fines over public safety and trouncing the constitutional rights of minorities.

“It is not difficult to imagine how a single tragic incident set off the city of Ferguson like a powder keg,” Holder said.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III said the city had cooperated with the Justice Department and has made some changes, including a diversity training program for city employees. But the Rev. Al Sharpton, the chief eulogist at Michael Brown’s funeral, countered that Knowles’ remarks–during a six-minute news conference where the mayor took no questions–were “mostly evasive, insignificant, and showed a total failure to address the need for a change in leadership at the police department.”


While the federal government declined to prosecute Wilson, it found the shooting occurred in an environment of systematic mistreatment of blacks, in which officials circulated racist emails without punishment and black residents were disproportionately stopped and searched without cause, fined for petty offenses and subjected to excessive force.

The report found its lack of racial diversity–only four of 54 commissioned officers are black–undermined community trust. It also said the city relied heavily on fines to raise revenue and issued arrest warrants for minor infractions including jaywalking and late fees. The confrontation that led to Brown’s death began when Wilson directed him and a friend to move from the street to the sidewalk.


Between 2012 and 2014, black drivers were more than twice as likely as others to be searched during routine traffic stops, but 26 percent less likely to be carrying contraband. [Editor’s Note: This figure is incorrect. See our analysis here.]


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  • Canadian Friend

    Civil rights an unfinished project? the truth is the exact opposite; civil right is a project taken too far, way too far.

    It is now used to oppress white people/give unfair advantages to colored people, and we whites are also going trough a program of race replacement on top of that.

    Not only we whites are the ones with less rights than people of color, but we are not even allowed to talk about it, and we are expected to celebrate our own demise.

    • Marilyn

      I read the article on yahoo news that Brown’s mom and dad or step dad or whoever he is is suing. The comments were classic. I think more and more white people are waking up to the truth because the civil rights of black people are shoved down our throats and the sane white people know the truth. As more info comes out, more whites are waking up and it’s about time.

      • In my opinion, anyone who is white, liberal, and over 25, is an idiot. (Young people don’t know any better; I will give then a couple years in the real world to learn.)

    • Irish

      That’s the bit that’s most infuriating of all. We are supposed to be celebrating our displacement in the country & cultures our peoples made..And those of us that are horrified are unenlightened neanderthals..

  • All Obama is saying is that what is true in Ferguson is true in just about every area with enough of both black and white people to make a useful statistical comparison. So if the Feds can’t nail you on anything else, they’ll nail you for the racial disproportionalities that exist everywhere.

    They never got Capone for murder, but they got him for dodging Federal import tariffs.

    • LexiconD1

      Capone was gotten over taxes. Now they ignore tax deadbeats, a la…Sharpton.

  • MekongDelta69

    “Civil rights is ‘an unfinished project.'”

    To black race hustlers and self-loathing, guilt-ridden, spineless White leftists, “civil rights’ will NEVER be a ‘finished project.’
    From the day it was started 50 years ago, it was never meant to be a ‘finished project.’

    • It’s a process rather than a goal.

      They want to be us, but they can’t, so they settle for punishing non-blacks.

  • A Freespeechzone

    Until White people are extinct–there will ‘always work to be done’ and even then, they will never stop obsessing.

    This is NOT about equality, but, license by negroes to legally attack, injure, rape and kill anyone they choose… the interest of ‘payback’, retribution and punishment—aided and abetted by the government, media and White-loathing liberals.

    Moreover, if the victim invokes self defense against a non-provoked attack, the victim will be considered a racist and every effort will be found to prosecute, punish and incarcerate that victim.

    WHEN will we fight back? Today, we ARE in the majority….

    • John Smith

      Until we’re like the last farmers in Zimbabwe.

    • Nancy

      There are more and more people like me—middle-aged white mothers—walking around with handguns under our shirts, or in our purses and cars. The more these savages attempt to attack an “easy target” like us, the more they take their lives into their own hands. They never know WHO is carrying concealed these days. (A significant number of my white, middle-aged neighbors also carry.) And the more we read on forums like these, the less concern we have about dropping one of those thick-skulled thugs. That says a lot about my demographic…after all, if someone told me when I got married 20 years ago that by the time my oldest was graduating high school, I’d bring a weapon along every time I went grocery shopping, I wouldn’t have believed it. Such is the country in which we now find ourselves.

      In fact, it was from reading the internet that I learned to switch my preferred choice of self-defense from a little S&W .38 to a Glock 9mm Gen 4. If I’m only able to get a single clean shot, I want the best possible chance of dropping my attacker on the first try.

      My choice of date night has changed from “dinner and a movie” to “dinner and an evening at the shooting range”.

  • TheCogitator

    The black race has an inferior IQ compared to whites. They also have far greater criminal tendencies. So no matter how many lies are told, and as foolish as many of the people are, the truth tends to get out. Given the great differences in the races, blacks will always wind up in their rightful position — on the bottom. People will see them for the inferior people they tend to be. So how can anyone expect people to treat inferiors as equals?

  • JohnEngelman

    Barack Obama wanted to be a transitional president and a post racial president. To be both he needed to understand how whites feel about things.

    President Obama understands and articulates feelings of black victimization. Unfortunately, his empathy does not extend to whites.

    Most whites do not hate blacks, but we do not feel guilty about their circumstances either.

    • Luca

      “President Obama understands and articulates feelings of black victimization”.

      I really don’t think he understands very much of anything. His mother flew the coop with baby Barack in tow, within one month of his birth. He was never raised by any Africans and only met with his father for one-month when he was 10. He was raised in Indonesia as a Muslim and in Hawaii by White grandparents. He was however indoctrinated by the black, card-carrying Communist pedophile/pornographer, Frank Marshall Davis (from Chicago no less).

      Any feelings of “black victimization” were gathered second-hand.

      Obama is a liberal mulatto, completely indoctrinated by Davis and his liberal professors from college. He pretends to understand African Americans as all liberals do, he just seems more sincere and empathetic to them because he shares some of their DNA but none of their culture in his upbringing.

      • Oil Can Harry

        My guess is Obama’s mother and her Communist Party-associated father indoctrinated BHO pretty well before he ever met Davis or went to college.

    • John Smith

      We hate them for their actions, not their race, but you don’t spend a lot of time trying to make the distinction when taking the time required to judge an individual by his actions and character can get you killed or injured.

      • JohnEngelman

        I will not dislike someone just because he is black. If he is a criminal, I will not make excuses for him either. It is not the fault of whites that so many of those people are criminals.

      • Robert Smith

        This is similar to how people deal with sharks. The reputation of sharks is so bad, people, when encountering sharks, don’t waste time trying to decide if this shark is one of the “nice ones.” They just avoid it.

        • John Smith

          Or kill it, as the situation dictates.

        • Nancy

          Snakes, too…in Georgia, it’s actually illegal to kill non-venomous snakes, but people don’t bother to learn which are which. (We keep snakes as pets in my house.)

  • WR_the_realist

    We knew it would come to this. Racial quotas on arrests. Anybody who thought that racial quotas in hiring and university admissions are appropriate has no basis for complaint.

    • John Smith

      They want all the good they can get from discrimination based on their race, but none of the negatives, which are usually based on provable facts associated with race, not pulled out of thin air.

  • Dave4088

    This report is obviously one sided propaganda designed to make the Ferguson PO-lees dept. look like a bunch of Bull Connors in need of an afro-merican police chief and federal oversight. I think it’s time our rulers concede that racial integration is an abysmal failure at every level and let everyone go their own separate ways. That means black areas will all become Haiti, but that’s not our problem.

  • disqus_Xz3UA6obwj

    Bias towards blacks is not isolated. It’s as widespread as the black crime spree that has been going on now for about 60 years.

  • dd121

    Their own stupid FBI report exonerates the cop yet they conclude the department is “racist”. Still, they offer no proof. Do they have any idea how stupid that sounds to humans?

    • John Smith

      To humans, yes. To lower primates, no.

  • ricpic

    I wonder whether the race war Obama so desperately wants and is revving up will be used to impose martial law and do away with constitutional protections once and for all?

  • Dave West

    In other news: black people committing a disproportionate amount of crimes not isolated to Ferguson.

  • Alucard_the_last

    Of course there is a race/racist problem. We still have affirmative action and special rights for minorities.

    • USofAntiWhite

      Let me edit this… We still have minorities.

      • dd121

        If they want to read this blog they need to know what they get is the naked truth. It’s not necessarily what the libs are feeding them.

  • John Smith

    Of course this “discrimination” isn’t isolated – it’s called “enforcing the law,” which has a disparate impact on negroes because of how many crimes they choose to commit.

  • Alex Dihes

    My Talmud

    Russia launched into space manned spacecraft with two of a highest IQ Africans on board. They fly some time, then one says to the other, “Machigua Ovama, from now on throw into the furnace only curved firewood, we are going to make a turn!”

  • Alexandra1973

    I don’t think it’ll ever be finished as long as there’s money to be made.

  • Dr. N Seagoon

    I do not appreciate you cencer ship

  • Robert Smith

    I’ve noticed this myself.

  • Light from the East

    Whatever Obama says is meaningless. In his final term of presidency, his true colors, all the bad intention toward whites just revealed. Just think about how eager he was to grant amnesty to those illegal aliens. Did he just show the same eagerness to solve the financial crisis in 2008? The symbol of having the 1st black (or bi-racial) president of the USA marks the beginning of all anti-white ideology and wars.

  • Hammerheart

    Did our mocha messiah offer any other instances of departments like Ferguson with evidence to corroborate his claims?


    Is he just talking out of his ass?

    Does he even know what the words that appear on the teleprompter or his speech papers mean?

    Was he thinking about golfing when speaking?

    So many questions this man conjures.

    • The Mocha One was in Columbia, South Carolina yesterday complaining about how in certain neighborhoods it’s easier to buy a gun than it is a fresh vegetable or a book.

      Well duh, that’s because the race that voted for him almost 100% thinks that food is what comes out of the clown’s head at the 365BellCurve fast feeder, and they would rather keep it real than read, because acting white.

  • Sloppo

    “Civil right is an unfinished project.” = white genocide is an unfinished project

    • Nancy

      Exactly…hence the reason Oprah claims “racism” will never disappear until the last white person is gone from the earth. In reality, so long as there is one white person on the planet, the Negro will have to contend with his obvious inferiority, and claim he’s “being oppressed”.

      • Jason Lewis

        It can never get that far. How will the powerplants continue running? How will coal and gas come out of the ground. Who will keep things running?

      • Jason Lewis

        It can never get that far. How will the powerplants continue running? How will coal and gas come out of the ground. Who will keep things running? I mean something as simple as planting crops ceased in Zimbabwe when white farmers were kicked out. The U.S. had to send food to stop them from starving.

    • Jason Lewis

      Probably the best post on this thread.

  • namberak

    Could he just shout “kill whitey” and get it over with?

  • TheBorder

    These complaints are how a first world country becomes a 3rd world unruly country by striping away it laws and mandates that make it a 1st world nation. 3rd countries lack laws to protect pedestrians from incoming vehicles. Fines and detention for jaywalking permits proper circulation of goods and services. How many 3rd world countries lack street ordinances. Here’s the kicker I thought that way to make the 3rd world better was to civilize it through traffic laws that is pure racism.