(The Root) — The Internet is sounding off about President Obama’s recent endorsement of New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly as a candidate to head the Department of Homeland Security. It’s a controversial move, given Kelly’s high profile as a staunch supporter and promoter of New York’s stop-and-frisk policy. Many see Obama’s lauding of Kelly as tacit approval of Kelly’s implementation of racial profiling. Obama referred to Kelly as “an outstanding leader” who has done “an extraordinary job in New York.”
To show their displeasure with Obama’s comments, some folks are signing an online petition to instead make R&B singer R. Kelly the head of Homeland Security, saying that even he would be a better choice than Ray Kelly.
Check out the hilarious petition here, and see what other people are saying below.
Anyway, now it’s rumored that Obama wants to hire Ray Kelly? His whole quality of life/”zero-tolerance” policing is anti-American.
— Ebony SkyTalker (@sfreynolds) July 19, 2013
@mrdaveyd not surprised Obama uses drones to profile Muslims and indiscriminately take them out why not support Kelly who does same
— Michael Costa (@mseancosta) July 19, 2013
I hope this is a joke: Obama: NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly “Well-Qualified” to lead Homeland Security: http://t.co/XvSClMZZYe
— Kenny Mo (@kgmoney921) July 19, 2013
— Marva Albert (@NFLGoodwitch) July 19, 2013
Obama flirting with considering Ray Kelly homeland security head? Can this president disappoint me any more? #StopAndFrisk
— Andrue (@JaJahIrie) July 19, 2013
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