Obama: Racial Injustice a ‘Running Theme Throughout This Country’s History’

Tuesday in Chicago at the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s annual conference, President Barack Obama said problems of racial injustice “have been running themes throughout this country’s history in every institution.”

Obama said “There were times when I was younger and maybe even as I got a little older but before I had a motorcade where I got pulled over… most of the time I got a ticket I deserved it. I knew why I was pulled over, but there were times where I didn’t.”

“And as a report that came out just this week reminded us there are a lot of African-Americans not just me who have that same kind of story of being pulled over or frisked or something and the data shows that this is not an aberration.”

He added, “It doesn’t mean each case is a problem. It means that when you aggregate the cases and you look at it, you have to say there’s some racial bias in the system. Now, problems of racial justice or injustice have been running themes throughout this country’s history in every institution, in every institution.”

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