Obama says U.S. race relations have improved, but work to be done

U.S. President Barack Obama smiles as he delivers the commencement address to the 2016 graduating class of Howard University in WashingtonBy David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said in a commencement speech on Saturday that U.S. race relations have improved over the last three decades, but that significant work still needs to be done. “I tell you this not to lull you into complacency, but to spur you into action because there’s still so much work to do,” Obama told about 2,300 Howard University graduates in Washington, acknowledging that racism and inequality still persist. The United States has faced a number of racial controversies in recent years, including the 2014 shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, that sparked sometimes violent protests.

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