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Obama's measured approach to race is a letdown for some backers
Obama's measured approach to race is a letdown for some backers

Faced with the most racially charged period of his presidency, President Obama is grappling with the persistent tensions of his relationship with African American leaders and activists — some of his most loyal supporters, but also the most ardent force pushing him to lead on civil rights. In the months since protests over the shooting death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., captured national attention, Obama has walked a careful line between empathizing with those outraged by what they see as police bias and avoiding any escalation of a debate that cuts along race lines. The measured approach from the first African American president has...

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