Posted: 11:09 pm Monday, November 24th, 2014
By Jamie Dupree
Appealing for calm in Ferguson, President Obama told reporters at the White House that a discussion is still needed in America about race relations, but he directly urged those disappointed with the grand jury decision not indict a police officer in the shooting death of a black teenager to divert their fury into something other than violence.
“To those in Ferguson, there are ways of channeling your concerns constructively,” Mr. Obama said in a late night statement from the White House Briefing Room.
“There’s never an excuse for violence,” the President added.
While the President urged all sides to show restraint, the reaction from members of Congress was more emotional, especially among black lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Beyond disappointed in lack of #Justice4MikeBrown. We must demand change & work to end racial & structural bias in a peaceful manner.
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) November 25, 2014
— Lacy Clay (@LacyClayMO1) November 25, 2014
Other black members of Congress made clear that violence should not be an acceptable response.
I know this hard. I know this is difficult. Do not succumb to the temptations of violence. There is a more powerful way. #FergusonDecision
— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) November 25, 2014
— Rep. Hank Johnson (@RepHankJohnson) November 25, 2014
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.