Obama refused to deal with oppression of blacks: Journalist

US President Barack Obama has failed to address widespread police brutality and oppression against African Americans and other minorities across the country, a journalist in Detroit says.

“The president has refused, during the entire tenure of his office, to address the ongoing racism and national oppression against African Americans, against Latinos, the growing poverty, police repression, and unemployment,” said Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire.

“Until the White House or the US Congress addresses these issues, the conditions can only get worse,” Azikiwe told Press TV on Monday.

The White House said on Monday that Obama plans to impose new restrictions on the use of some military equipment by police departments, following unrest in US cities over the deaths of black men at the hands of mostly white police officers.

The ban is a policy reversal for Obama, who indicated last year that programs by the federal government to provide military-style gear to local police departments would remain in place because of their broader contribution to public safety.

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