Barack and Michelle Obama Express Their Sorrow Over El Paso and Dayton and Ask that We Reject Language Coming Out of the Mouths of Our Leaders that Feeds a Climate of Fear and Hatred!

Dear Commons Community,

Barack and Michelle Obama expressed their condolences to the families in El Paso and Dayton who lost love ones.  One comment in their statement is especially important:  “We should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments;  leaders who demonize those who don’t look like us, or suggest that other people, including immigrants, threaten our way of life or refer to other people as subhuman, or imply that America belongs to one type of people.”

Obama’s entire statement is below. 

Our leaders especially one in particular should take heed.




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