In a CNN interview that aired on Sunday, President Obama said he is “impatient” with the slow pace of racial progress in the U.S.
“Not just black-white, but Asian and Latino and, you know, I’ve got a lot of cultural influences,” Obama said on “State of the Union.”
“I think what it does do for me is to recognize that most Americans have good intentions.”
According to The Hill, Obama said he is “mindful of the fact that there’s misunderstanding, there’s mistrust and there are biases both overt and sometimes hidden that operate in ways that disadvantage minority communities.”
“There’s a long legacy in this country that has gotten enormously better, but is still there. And when you look at what’s happened in law enforcement across the country over the last several years —that’s not news to African-Americans,” he explained. “What’s different is simply that some of it’s now videotaped and people see it.”
Mr. Obama said he is “impatient” at the slow progress on race relations but doesn’t believe that “America is inherently and irreducibly racist.”
Obama then went on to explain why he thinks people should acknowledge that America has made progress.
“I think an unwillingness to acknowledge that progress has been made cuts off the possibility of further progress,” he said.
Racism has been in the forefront of the news since Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford and Tamir Rice were all gunned down by police this year. None of the officers who killed these unarmed black men, and Tamir, who was a 12 year old boy, have been indicted.
President Obama’s interview was taped prior to the deαths of two NYPD officers on Saturday.