Obama: Most Black People Don’t Use Racism as an Excuse

In this June 13, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. The Obama administration will work to ensure that gay and lesbian Americans are eligible to take leave from their jobs to care for a same-sex spouse, regardless of whether they live in a state that recognizes gay marriage, the White House said Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
President Barack Obama speaks to the media about the government’s Ebola response, in the Oval Office of the White House Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Dave Boyer, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

 

WASHINGTON (The Washington Times)—Before flying off to Hawaii for a two-week vacation, President Obama said Friday that most blacks understand America’s history of slavery and segregation isn’t an excuse for their current challenges.

Asked by a reporter to assess the state of black America, Mr. Obama said most blacks are “better off now” than when he came into office, due to the economic recovery. But he said the gap of income and wealth between whites and blacks persists, “and we’ve got more work to do on that front.”

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