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Obama laments legacy of discrimination in US

President Obama
Posted at 3:41 PM, Aug 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-23 11:44:51-04

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — President Barack Obama says poor people, run-down neighborhoods and underfunded schools would continue to exist even if a magic could somehow wipe away discrimination.

He says the legacy of bias in America, from slavery to laws that required the separation of blacks and whites, has meant that institutional barriers to success exist for many groups, particularly blacks, Latinos and Native Americans.

Obama says those facts are why it's in everyone's interest to put in place smart policies to help those communities and give their young people a chance at success.

The president commented Friday while answering questions from the public at a town hall-style event Friday in Binghamton, N.Y.