Watch Obama Explain Ferguson in Under 5 Minutes

“You can’t generalize about protestors who, it turns out, had some very legitimate grievances.”


During his appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show on Thursday night, President Obama perfectly distilled what’s at stake in Ferguson, and what needs to be done next. “In the same way that you can’t generalize about police officers who do an extraordinarily tough job—overwhelmingly they do it professionally,” he said, “you can’t generalize about protestors who, it turns out, had some very legitimate grievances.”

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