President Obama’s race card has no expiration date and he doesn’t leave home without it.
In an interview with Black Entertainment Television to be broadcast Monday, Obama said the country that his presidency promised to lead into a “post-racial” era is still “deeply rooted” in racism.
“This is something that is deeply rooted in our society, it’s deeply rooted in our history,” he said. “When you’re dealing with something as deeply rooted as racism or bias, you’ve got to have vigilance but you have to recognize that it’s going to take some time, and you just have to be steady so you don’t give up when we don’t get all the way there. This isn’t going to be solved overnight.”
Obama invoked the recent police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner when saying that while what many consider “racist” incidents still occur, things are better than they were decades ago.
“We have made progress. As painful as these incidents are, we can’t equate what is happening now to what was happening 50 years ago,” Obama said. “If you talk to your grandparents, parents, uncles, they’ll tell you that things are better, not good, in some cases, but better. We have to be persistent, because typically progress is in steps. It’s in increments.”
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