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Should President Obama go to Ferguson?
In light of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teen killed by police in the Missouri town—and the violent, militarized overreaction by law enforcement to peaceful protesters and journalists on the ground–attention is focused now on how Obama will respond.
At a Monday press conference, the president spoke about the hurt Ferguson is facing and announced Attorney General Eric Holder will To be sure, there are calls for the president to go to Ferguson in person. MSNBC guest host Michael Eric Dyson said Obama needs to “step up to the plate and be responsible.”
On Face the Nation, Dyson added:
It is not enough for him to come on national television and pretend there is a false moral equivalency between police people who are armed and black people who are vulnerable constantly to this. He needs to use his bully pulpit to step up and articulate this as a vision, not necessarily in terms of public policy alone, because Eric Holder is doing a tremendous job in filling in those gaps, but we need presidential leadership.
Holder is expected to arrive Wednesday, but is that enough? There are pros and cons for the president making a personal appearance in that strife torn part of the country, whose local tragedy has national and even international implications.
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