House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), in an interview with NBC’s Meet The Press on Sunday, indicated that he sees relations between police and black communities as a “national crisis.” Boehner told NBC that “I think that if you look at what’s happened over the course of the last year, you just got to scratch your head.”
Boehner is, of course, referring to events such as the deaths of Freddie Gray
in Baltimore and Michael Brown
in Ferguson at the hands of police officers (as previously reported on by the Inquisitr,
) both of which touched off riots and brought to light abuses of police power and privilege against people of color. Charges have been laid against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, including a charge of “second-degree depraved heart murder” and, while the officer who shot Michael Brown was exonerated, the case brought to light a system of systemic racism and abuse in Ferguson that spans decades.
Speaker Boehner said that he was outraged at the events in Baltimore, and pointed the finger at failing education programs, suggesting that “more than half [of our children] get a diploma they can’t read.” Boehner suggested that inner-city kids are “… trapped in bad schools, that don’t provide a real education” and that “if you’re poor and you’re in a rotten neighborhood” that they aren’t getting the positive reinforcement they need the 91 percent of the time they don’t spend in school.
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