Powerful Quotes From President Obama's ABC Town Hall

The president spoke passionately about race relations in America.
2:36 | 07/14/16

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Transcript for Powerful Quotes From President Obama's ABC Town Hall
I have been unequivocal. In condemning any. Rhetoric directed at police officers so I think. Reserved you'd have to find. Any message that. Did not include. It very strong. Support for law enforcement so I appreciate the sentiment others are to been expressed but. All be have been a cemetery in case you missed nobody's more hopeful than me. I'm I'm I'm mr. hope. When it comes through fissures I met. I've said from the start. That we are not as divided as we sit and I think we're gonna solve I do think that in that sense what is what. It is true for me is is true for a lot of African American men is. There there is no us there's there's a greater presumption. Of dangerousness. That. Arises. From. The social. And cultural. Perceptions that have been fed to. Folks for a long time. I think it's important for us also understand. That did the phrase black lives matter simply refers to. The notion that there's a specific. Vulnerability for African Americans. That needs to be addressed. It's not meant to to. To suggest that. Other lives no matter. It gets to suggest that other other folks are experiencing this particular vulnerability. And and so we shouldn't get too caught up in this notion that somehow. People who were. Asking for. Fair treatment. Are. Somehow. Automatically. Anti police. Are. Trying to only look out for black lives as opposed to others it can't just be. All on the police it's also got to be on the community it's also got to be on civic leaders got to be on churches it's got to be on. Elected officials. To try to create. These kinds conversations before. Crises happen.

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