January 7, 2015
Dr. Michael J. O’Connell, New Hampshire commented that recently a 13 year old black kid from Chicago wrote Santa telling him that all he wanted for Christmas is “to be safe”. Not clear about the kid’s meaning. Safe from whom? Other kids? His parents? Bullies? Or, more likely, cops? Obama was referred the question (ahem, right, ‘referred’) and he answered him with a well-publicized message that his safety was of ‘constant’ concern to him. The answer a real leader, particularly a black presidential leader, should have given this kid is as follows:
“My son, first of all, what are you doing writing Santa at age 13? A little old? Are you sure my liberal colleagues did not put you up to this?
Second, I am not quite sure why you feel unsafe. But given the fact that you reside in the inner city, are black like me, and various actions of the police have been called into question by the media lately, I will assume you mean safety from the police. There is a fail-safe approach to the police that will guarantee your security when dealing with them, so listen to me carefully.
If any kid (white, black, brown, yellow or purple) wishes to remain safe when confronted by an officer, whether for J walking, selling black market cigarettes, smoking a cigar or a joint, or simply looking suspicious, show him respect by not being confrontational. If an officer asks a question, answer it accurately, fully and politely. Surliness is contraindicated. Keep your hands away from your pockets. You live in a neighborhood where firearms are everywhere. Do not approach this officer unless directed, do not turn and run. If you have done something wrong, that’s pretty much your problem to fess up. The police serve us all by ensuring that the public and public systems are safe. Everyone needs to help the police in this vital and often overwhelming and dangerous task.”
Well yes, this response is wordy, but with all the President’s speech writers, I am sure it could be made pithier. But doesn’t this answer drive to the essence of what this kid was getting at? And wasn’t the kid implying police were out to harm him by their nature (prejudice, racism, etc.)? Shouldn’t the President have taken this opportunity to defuse and disabuse this kid? But, no, like his failed presidency, Obama chooses to fail his race. Merry Christmas kid!