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American Enterprise Institute
Ferguson too complicated for easy allegory
Ferguson too complicated for easy allegory

The day after it was announced that Ferguson, Mo., Officer Darren Wilson would not be charged in the slaying of Michael Brown, the president for a second time called for calm. His statement was measured, careful and responsible. He condemned violence and looting while acknowledging the legitimate concerns animating the protesters. He wasn't all that moving or eloquent, but this might have been one of those times when swinging for the rhetorical fences wasn't what the moment needed. One theme he hit repeatedly, and correctly, was that the passions of many protesters are rooted in something very real. The "frustrations that we've seen are not just about a particular...