Barack Obama On Race Relations: What He Thinks About It In This Generation

Barack Obama On Race Relations: What He Thinks About It In This Generation
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President Barack Obama talked about race relations in America said it “has been a running thread-and fault line in American life and American politics since its founding.”


In an interview with BBC prior to his departure for home country Kenya, Mr. Obama clarified on the question about “unfinished business” and said it is something that “would be entirely unresolved” not just during his presidency but “anybody’s presidency.”

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Mr. Obama’s discussion on race relations and gun control came ahead of the shooting incident at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, resulted in three casualties and seven persons injured.

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Mr. Obama posited that most of the latest concerns regarding “policing and mass incarcerations” deserve an intense attention for they are legitimate. He believes America “moves the ball forward” addressing such issues.

“What I will say is that—eight years—well, after eight years of my presidency, that children growing up during these eight years will have a different view of race relations in this country and what’s possible,” said the President.

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Obama administration has been plagued more with massacres or killings of Afro-American either by civilians labeled by news and government officials as “white supremacist” or by law enforcers.

The most recent racist terrorism was the Charleston church massacre, where 9 churchgoers, including a senior pastor, were shot to death while engaged in a prayer service.

Mr. Obama elaborated more tensions are coming as America becomes more diverse as children—white, black and Latino—grow to adulthood and interact with each other’s groups.

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“But if you look at my daughters’ generation, they have an attitude about race that’s entirely different than even my generation,” the first black President quipped.

As for the issues on guns, the President’s thoughts were enlightening: “It is the fact that the United States of America is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient common-sense, gun-safety laws. Even in the face of repeated mass killings.”

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Before the Lafayette theatre shootout, four marines and a sailor were killed when a Kuwait-born Mohammad Abdulazeez stormed a recruitment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee and began a shooting spree.