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December 8, 2014 8:41 am

Obama Says Racism is ‘Deeply Rooted’ in U.S.

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President Obama speaking on the phone with the president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, September 2013. Photo: The White House

Washington Times – Addressing protests over minorities killed by police officers, President Obama said racism is “deeply rooted” in the U.S. and that activists should keep pressing steadily in their demands for reform.

“This is something that is deeply rooted in our society, it’s deeply rooted in our history,” Mr. Obama said in an interview with BET, a portion of which was released Sunday. “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.”

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