Posted July 25, 2018 12:57:39 A Facebook user has posted a controversial comment on a post by former US president Barack Obama about racism.
“I’ve lived through times where I’ve been the target of racial slurs in the street, and I’ve known people who’ve had to move away from their communities because of it,” the post said.
The comment came after Mr Obama’s comments about the need to stop the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the unrest that followed after the deadly rally in Charlottesville.
In a tweet, Facebook user Mark Gribbin wrote “I am a Black man who lives in Baltimore and I have experienced racism in Baltimore.
I have been called a bitch, a nigger, and a whore.”
“When I heard about the recent events in Charlottesville and how the president has made this ‘black lives matter’ issue, I thought it was a joke, but after I read his comments I was shocked and disturbed,” Mr Gribin wrote.
Mr Gribbins comments sparked outrage, as many people took to social media to express their disgust with Mr Grams comments.
People also took to Twitter to criticize the former president’s comments.
“When people say they want to save Black lives, they say ‘Black lives matter’,” Facebook user Alex E. Kuczmarski wrote.
“He has never said Black lives matter, so how does he know what Black lives mean?”
A man who goes by the name “Gribbin” has posted the same comment on another Facebook page.
“I’m a Black guy who lives and breathes Baltimore and i’ve lived the streets and been called many names in Baltimore,” the comment said.
“It’s a fact that Black men are harassed and assaulted in Baltimore everyday, and its time to stop it.”
The comments have been viewed more than 200,000 times and shared more than 12,000.
Topics:people,race-relations,government-and-politics,community-and,government—other,governmental-and.abbott-tony,baltimore-city-police,police,united-statesFirst posted July 26, 2018 09:43:36More stories from Northern Territory