Obama hosts national conversation on race in America

Last night's round-table discussion at the White House on race relations in America lasted nearly four hours.

The topic has been high on President Obama's agenda, given the police-involved shootings that happened in Minnesota and Louisiana, and of course, the shooting that happened one week ago in downtown Dallas.

Last night's meeting included Black Lives Matter activists, civil rights leaders, members of the NAACP, law enforcement, and elected officials.

The president acknowledged we can't improve race relations overnight.

"I didn't hear anybody around this table suggest that any of this is gonna be solved overnight, because the roots of the problems we saw this week date back not just decades, they date back centuries,” President Obama said.

Thursday night, the president will hold a town hall meeting from Washington for what he's calling "The President and the People: A National Conversation."

“World News Tonight” Anchor David Muir will moderate the discussion and it will focus on policing, race relations, equality, and justice.

WFAA will broadcast that town hall live and commercial-free at 7 p.m. on Channel 8, or you can stream it from our website, WFAA.com.


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