Ted Cruz accuses Obama, first black president, of inflaming racial tensions | US news | The Guardian

Cruz placed blame for the phenomenon not on the seemingly constant high-profile cases in which unarmed black men have been killed by police officers since Eric Garner was killed in July 2014, but on the president.Obama has faced the criticism before. Some supporters during his first presidential run said he was too slow to talk about race in light of incendiary comments by his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright. The candidate subsequently made a well-received speech in Philadelphia on the topic, which included the line: “But it is a story that has seared into my genetic makeup the idea that this nation is more than the sum of its parts – that out of many, we are truly one.”In 2009 Obama said a white police officer had “acted stupidly” in arresting Henry Louis Gates Jr, the distinguished professor, on the porch of his own home. He later held a “beer summit” at the White House between Gates and the arresting officer, sergeant James Crowley.

 

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