Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Obama urges persistence in fighting racism

09 December 2014, 14:31

Washington - President Barack Obama said banishing racism in the United States can only happen incrementally, and urged young people to "be persistent" in fighting bias.

He was speaking as protests continue in cities across the United States, where thousands have gathered over the past two weeks to condemn a spate of killings of black suspects by white police.

"This isn't going to be solved overnight, this is something that is deeply rooted in our society, it's deeply rooted in our history," Obama said in an interview with Black Entertainment Television that aired on Monday.

Also Read:US facing 'centuries of racism' - NY mayor

He urged young people to press on in their fight against racism, and said patience was crucial.

"We have to be persistent, because typically progress is in steps, it's in increments," he said.

Deeply rooted

"When you're dealing with something as deeply rooted as racism, or bias, in any society, you've got to have vigilance but you have to recognise that it's going to take some time."

"But we can't just wait for that process to happen on its own," Obama added.

"It also requires policy changes. It requires training. It requires specific steps by police departments, starting from the top, in order to change some of these mindsets."

Obama said race relations had improved over the last 50 years, even though tensions persist.

"If you talk to parents, grandparents, uncles, they'll tell you that things are better, not good in some cases, but better."

"I want my grandsons to be treated like anybody else's grandsons," Obama said.

Series of police killings

A series of police killings of African American suspects in the United States has sparked widespread anger and ignited a national debate about race relations and police tactics.

"Part of what I think is so heartbreaking and frustrating for a lot of folks when they watch this is the recognition that simply by virtue of colour you've got less margin for error. And that's particularly true for black boys."

Also Read: Death penalty re-introduced for Blacks in America

In Ferguson, Missouri, and New York city, two separate grand juries decided not to indict white officers involved in the killing of black suspects, setting off a wave of demonstrations nationwide.

"A country's conscience sometimes has to be triggered by some inconvenience," Obama said, calling peaceful protests "necessary."

"When they turn violent, then they're counterproductive."

Demonstrations were ongoing Monday night in Washington, New York, and Berkeley, a California city where vandalizing, looting and clashes occurred over the past two nights. Protests were also scheduled for Los Angeles.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...