Obama: Americans must not let racist views become normalized

Former President Barack Obama, pictured at a conference in Berlin in April, tweeted Monday that Americans should reject language of "fear and hatred" from USA leaders.

President Donald Trump on Monday proposed tighter monitoring of the internet, mental health reform and wider use of the death penalty in response to mass shootings over the weekend that killed 31 people in Texas and Ohio.

Trump, in a tweet on Monday, suggested tying immigration legislation to strengthening background checks even as the alleged shooter in El Paso, Texas, is believed to have authored a racist, anti-immigrant document targeting Hispanics.

In a televised address later Monday, Trump called on the nation to "condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy" but stopped short of acknowledging his own divisive and racist rhetoric.

"There are indications that the El Paso shooting follows a unsafe trend: troubled individuals who embrace racist ideologies and see themselves obligated to act violently to preserve white supremacy", he said, calling on law enforcement and social media platforms to do more to reduce the influence of radical content online.

Obama said "indications" suggest the actions of the suspected shooter in El Paso are part of a "dangerous trend" of mass violence fueled by racism and white supremacy.

"Like the followers of ISIS and other foreign terrorist organizations, these individuals may act alone, but they've been radicalized by white nationalist websites that proliferate on the Internet".

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Obama said that the same type of language has been the root of most human tragedy, including slavery and Jim Crow, the Holocaust, the genocide in Rwanda and ethnic cleansing in the Balkans.

He added, "It's time for the overwhelming majority of Americans of goodwill, of every race and faith and political party, to say as much - clearly and unequivocally".

He also noted no other nation on Earth comes close to experiencing the frequency of mass shootings the USA does and no other developed nation tolerates the high levels of gun violence.

Mr. Obama, in a statement, said America's level of gun violence was far out of proportion to other developed countries and that excuses about the difficulty of stopping the crimes will no longer cut it.

She says it bothers her when people point accusing fingers at the mentally ill after mass shootings like the ones we saw this last weekend in El Paso and Dayton. "But the evidence shows that they can stop some killings", he said.

"We must make sure those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms and that if they do those firearms can be taken through rapid due process", he said. "And until all of us stand up and insist on holding public officials accountable for changing our gun laws, these tragedies will keep happening".

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