President Obama said he thinks the recent conversation regarding race and policing in the United States is healthy.
“Obviously, how we’re thinking about race relations right now has been colored by Ferguson, the Garner case in New York and a growing awareness in the broader population of what many communities of color have understood for some time,” he said. “And that is there are specific instances, at least where law enforcement doesn’t feel as if it’s being applied in a colorblind fashion.”
He cited a task force he had formed is supposed to report back in 90 days, not with abstract musings but with concrete things that police departments and other law enforcement agencies can implement.
“Like the rest of America, black America in the aggregate is better off than it was when I came into office,” Obama said.
He cited the jobs that have been created, pensions recovered and housing equity created. But the wealth gap between black and white Americans persists, he said.
“We have more work to do on that front,” he said.
Obama said that this has to do with the country’s troubled racial legacy, which is not an excuse, he said, but is a reason why it’s important to give black Americans access to early childhood education and help them graduate from high school.