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Obama: Baltimore Not Just ‘Policing Problem’ — We’re Ignoring ‘Pockets of Poverty’

During his appearance with David Letterman last night, President Obama addressed the unrest in Baltimore and said that it’s “not just a policing problem.”

Obama made it clear “the overwhelming majority of police officers are doing an outstanding job,” before acknowledging the sour relationship between black communities and the cops.

“What you have,” he said, “are pockets of poverty, lack of opportunity, lack of education, all across this country, and too often we ignore those pockets until something happens, and then we act surprised, and TV cameras come in.”

Letterman asked if racism is a factor. Obama said it’s a “residual one” that can’t be ignored, because when you have “slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination that builds up over time, even if our society has made extraordinary strides,” there are still lingering effects.

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