President Obama Calls Video Of Black Teens Torturing White Man “Despicable”

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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3be1df5800000578-0-image-a-72_1483667765041‘I don’t think it’s accurate to say race relations are getting worse,’ he told host Jay Levine, saying things were also difficult in Chicago in the mid-1980s, when a block of white councilmen deliberately scuppered all proposals by a black mayor.

‘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.’

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