Obama: ‘I’m Absolutely Convinced Race Relations on the Whole Are Actually Better Now’ than 20 Years
OBAMA: "I— I am absolutely convinced that race relations on the whole are actually better now than they were 20 years—"
STEPHANOPOULOS: "Better now?"
OBAMA: "Yes. But we have greater awareness of where we’re falling short than we used to. Let’s just take the example of— community police relations. I mean, the truth of the matter is that— that the problem of police shootings and reactions in the community— George, you and I are about the same age. I— I think you remember what happened in Los Angeles after Rodney King, I think you remember what— the divisions that happened after the O.J. trial. I think you — the— the notion that somehow any of that is new isn’t the case. What is true, though, is now we’ve got a bunch of videos that whatever side of the issue you’re on, raises the temperature on these issues and makes people really focused and— and— and— and trying to figure out, “What exactly is this?”