The Hill: Jason Johnson on Race Relations Under President Barack Obama

Hiram College professor Jason Johnson was quoted in The Hill in the article “Have Race Relations Improved During Obama’s Presidency.”

“What he’s failed to do consistently is express the anger and frustration of a very important constituency of his own to not just cultural misunderstandings, but to structural oppression,” said Jason Johnson, a professor of political science at Hiram College who faulted Obama for taking a middle of the road approach on issues of race.

Johnson, who is black, faulted Obama for not using terms such as “police brutality” or “institutional racism” when talking last week about Ferguson.

“His failure to take a symbolic role initially is why there’s so much anger now,” Johnson said.

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