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Obama seeks to make it easier for black and Latino criminals to find federal employment

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In Saturday’s weekly radio address, President Barack Obama turned his attention once again to building a fairer and more equitable criminal justice system, to include making it easier for those with a criminal history to find federal employment.

The social justice warrior in chief noted that there are “some 2.2 million people behind bars in America,” and lamented that many are serving “unnecessarily long sentences for nonviolent crimes” — he views dealing drugs as a non-violent crime. Obama also included a racial component, saying that “as a whole, our prison population is disproportionately black and Latino.”

And it’s not because they are breaking the law.

“Now, plenty of people should be behind bars,” Obama said. “But the reason we have so many more people in prison than any other developed country is not because we have more criminals. It is because we have criminal justice policies, including unfair sentencing laws, that need to be reformed.”

Obama told listeners his administration is “taking steps to ensure that applicants with a criminal history have a fair shot to compete for a federal job” and then called on businesses “to commit to hiring returning citizens who have earned a second chance.”

He concluded with the prerequisite sanctimonious pitch about “making sure that we live up to our ideals as a nation.”

Their reaction on social media to the president’s message was heavy on cynicism and it didn’t take long for Hillary Clinton’s name to come up in the focus on criminal behavior.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

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Tom Tillison


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