President Barack Obama On Race Relations, Post Ferguson & Eric Garner

What I told the young people who I met with, we’re gonna have more conversations like this over the coming months, is:”this isn’t gonna be solved overnight, this is something that is deeply rooted in our society, it’s deeply rooted in our history, but the two things that are gonna allow us to solve it, number one, is the understanding that we have made progress, so it’s important to recognize, as painful as these incidents are, we can’t equate what is happening now to what was happening fifty years ago, if you talk to your parents, grandparents, uncles, they’ll tell you that things are better, not good, in some cases, but better. And the reason it’s important for us to understand progress has been made is that then gives us hope that we can make even more progress. The second thing that I insist with these young people is we have to be persistent because typically, progress is in steps, it’s in increments, you know when you’re dealing with something as deeply rooted as racism or bias, in any society, you’ve got to have vigilance, but you have to recognize that it’s gonna take some time and you just have to be steady, so that you don’t give up when we don’t get all the way there.