Brandon Morse (http://www.theblaze.com/author/bmorse/) Jan 5, 2017 10:00 pm
President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks during an Armed Forces Full Honor Farewell Review for him, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Conmy Hall, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
During an interview with CBS Chicago’s Jay Levine (http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/01/05/obama-calls-facebook-torture-video-despicable-but- optimistic-about-race-relations-in-u-s/), President Obama was asked about race relations during his time as POTUS. Levine made the comment that Obama must feel disappointed in the fact that racial tensions have gone downhill. Obama, however, disagreed with this assessment, and said that the only reason we think this is because of social media.
“I think the overall trajectory of race relations in this country is actually very positive,” continued Obama. “It doesn’t mean that all racial problems have gone away. It means that we have the capacity to get better.”
“What we have seen as surfacing, I think, are a lot of problems that have been there a long time.
“Whether it’s tensions between police and communities, hate crimes of the despicable sort that has just now recently surfaced on Facebook. (http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/01/05/torture- hate-crime-facebook-live-video/)
On the flip side, race relations have deteriorated to the point where white nationalism (http://www.theblaze.com/news/2016/11/21/watch-prominent-alt-righters-salute-trumps-victory- with-chants-of-seig-heil/) has also begun to see an increase in activity.
If Obama is correct, and race relations are improving under his watch, he may have to go further in explaining this to America at large.