Hiram College political science professor Jason Johnson was interviewed by Newsmax about President Barack Obama’s comments on the not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
“For the first time in his presidency, he spoke as a bridge in America,” Jason Johnson, a political science and communications professor at Hiram College in Northeast Ohio, told Newsmax in an exclusive interview.
Jason Johnson, a political science and communications professor at Hiram College in Northeast Ohio, also told Newsmax that Obama has taken too long to address issues of race.“He’s avoided that assiduously throughout his presidency, in large part because he is concerned that white independent voters don’t ever want to hear anything about race unless it’s a critique of the African-American community or culture,” Johnson said.
He said Obama’s comments created “a wonderful bridge” that could open dialogue about race.
“But what he essentially said was: ‘Look, there are some real, empirical reasons why black people in particular are disappointed in this ruling. It has to do with history. It has to do with racism. It has to do with very real things that happen in America — and we can’t just ignore those things because it is politically convenient to ignore history,’” Johnson added.
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