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After killings, Obama toughens tone on US racism

US President Barack Obama speaks about the shooting deaths of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, from the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 18, 2015For a frustrated President Barack Obama, last week’s slaughter of nine black churchgoers proves once again that the United States has yet to exorcise its racist demons. Speaking to online radio broadcast “WTF with Marc Maron,” Obama put last week’s murderous rampage in a black church by a suspected young white supremacist in the context of US history. “What is also true is the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives, you know, that casts a long shadow and that’s still part of our DNA that’s passed on,” Obama said.

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