President Barack Obama says America hasn't gotten past its racist roots. One African-American conservative says the president is right.
Obama addressed the issue with comments on a Comedy Central show on December 12 - but he was dead serious about what he said.
Obama: "We have by no means overcome the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow and colonialism and racism, but the progress we've made has been real and extraordinary.
"The challenge we face today when it comes to race is rarely the overt Klansman-style racism, and typically people have got other stuff they want to talk about and it's sort of uncomfortable."
Many African Americans claim they see "micro-aggressions" when it comes to race, such as a parent holding their child a little closer when they pass by a black person, or the second or third look they get from a security guard at a store. Will Addison of Urban Family Radio has seen his share of those types of incidents.
“I think there's some truth [that such incidents occur],” Addison tells OneNewsNow. “There are some struggles happening on the race front. But at the same time there have been so many strides made concerning race relations in the country that I wish were highlighted more.”
He tells OneNewsNow that it hurts him to see America torn apart by racist groups like Black Lives Matter, which don't seem to care that much at all about race.
“They want globalism, they want things that will tear down this country,” he contends. “So they use blackness, they hijack that to get their agenda across.”
What Addison sees is an opportunity for the Church to step up and lead the way in racial reconciliation. “Having conversations within the body of Christ will get a lot further, because when it comes down to it, we are brothers and sisters,” he says.