President Obama believes race relations in America have improved since he took office in 2009, and said in a new interview Americans are less divided along racial lines.
In a short excerpt of an NPR interview released today, the president was asked whether the country is more divided along racial lines now, six years after he took office. Race has been at the forefront of some of the most major stories of the year, from Michael Brown to Donald Sterling.
But Obama said, “No, I actually think that it’s probably in its day-to-day interactions less racially divided.”
At his last press conference of the year, the president responded to a question about race relations saying that black America, like the rest of the country, is better off overall under his presidency. And he pushed back against critics this week by asking why they would fight for America to change if they think it’s an “inherently racist” country.
And when asked last month about people arguing the opposite, Obama had this to say about race relations amidst issues like Ferguson:
“I think that folks on the other side of it might not understand why there are concerns or mistrust. Not because they’re in denial, just they haven’t experienced it. And so when people start seeing these instances, then they start saying ‘Okay, maybe we understand what we’re talking about.’”