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A month after his death, the Rev. Al Sharpton stood by the president in a televised speech against the deadly violence on the nation’s streets. It included remarks blaming the problem on law enforcement. But the president did his best to deny that racial tension was the issue.
And in July 2013, he said the deaths of black people by police are «a product of the inner cities, and a product of their criminalization.»
The Times’ investigation focused not only on whether the president is an racist but also how much he has done to normalize those prejudices over the years.
We examined hundreds of documents, interviews and government records. It also tracked the president’s comments in various public and private forums on race for more than eight months, as well as numerous news interviews with key administration officials.
Here is what we found.
Obama repeatedly praised the police, but stopped short of saying they can solve any crime.
We asked administration officials in 2014 how many people, officers, suspects or bystanders had been killed by the police in the past seven years.
In response, two senior administration officials said that the number of violent police-involved deaths, regardless of race, would remain steady. Those comments came after Obama made comments saying there is no question that the police will deal out justice more effectively and with fewer killings.
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Obama also suggested that Black Lives Matter protesters are «acting out of rage.»
«In this city on Sunday, the police got involved in street fights in the streets. That’s not who we are. That’s not what we believe,» Obama said on the CNN’s «New Day» in early July.
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White House officials said the comments were simply «honest self-defens