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Obama: A ‘Post-Racial America...Was Never Realistic'

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President Obama during his farewell address in Chicago, Ill., on Tuesday argued that a "post-racial America was, and is, "unrealistic."

In response to his critics that have said race relations in America are worse than they have been in decades, Obama replied, “Race remains a potent and often divisive force in our society.”

“Now I’ve lived long enough to know that race relations are better than they were ten or twenty or thirty years ago, no matter what some folks say.”

Obama called racism a present threat to U.S. democracy. 

“There’s a second threat to our democracy, and this one is as old as our nation itself,” he said.

He went on to say that the vision of a “post-racial America” following his election as the first black President of the United States was not realistic to begin with.

“After my election, there was talk of a post-racial America," said Obama. "And such a vision, however well-intended, was never realistic."