There has certainly been no lack of commentary on the repulsive Facebook Live video that led to the arrest of four young people in Chicago for torturing a young special-needs man. It’s also reopening discussions on race relations that never seem to go away for too long these days, and we also find ourselves with a ton of different takes on where things stand across the nation.
As the Daily Mail reports, President Obama has weighed in with his take, and that take has raised some eyebrows. While he notes that the video and actions of the perpetrators was “despicable,” he was also careful to get in a mention that the legacy he is so concerned about should show no signs that race relations across the country have gotten worse under his watch.
“I don't think it's accurate to say race relations are getting worse. In part because we see visuals of racial tensions, violence and so forth because of smartphones and the Internet. What we have seen as surfacing, I think, are a lot of problems that have been there a long time,” he said.
He slightly tempered his thoughts by acknowledging things need to get better, but he sees a bright future ahead.
“The good news is that the next generation that's coming behind us … have smarter, better, more thoughtful attitudes about race. I think the overall trajectory of race relations in this country is actually very positive. It doesn't mean that all racial problems have gone away. It means that we have the capacity to get better,” he continued.
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