President Obama Condemns Black Teens Who Tortured Disabled White Man On Facebook Live But Does Not Believe Race Relations Are Getting Worse.
President Obama has denounced a Facebook Live video of black youths in Chicago tying up and torturing a white mentally disabled man as ‘despicable’ but denied that race relations in the US are getting worse.
The video, which apparently showed four youths aged 18-24 beating, cutting and laughing at the bound and gagged man, was streamed on Tuesday by one of those arrested.
But, the President – who has a home in the affluent Hyde Park suburb of Chicago – told CBS, this was not a sign of a worsening racial divide.
Obama – the junior senator for Illinois before he became president – said it was just an example of social media revealing problems that have always been there.
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‘In part because we see visuals of racial tensions, violence and so forth because of smart phones and the Internet,’ the president said.
‘What we have seen as surfacing, I think, are a lot of problems that have been there a long time.
‘Whether it’s tensions between police and communities, whether it’s hate crimes of the despicable sort that has just now recently surfaced on Facebook.’