'Jim Crow Wasn't Very Good for Black People'
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President Barack Obama took a swing at Donald Trump, responding to the GOP presidential nominee's lie that African Americans have never been worse off in history than now.
"You know," the President told ABC News' Robin Roberts, in an interview that aired Friday morning. "I think even most 8-year-olds'll tell you that whole slavery thing wasn't very good for black people. Jim Crow wasn't very good for black people."
Trump has repeatedly denigrated Blacks, saying they have nothing, so nothing to lose by voting for him.
"We are going to rebuild our inner cities because our African-American communities are absolutely in the worst shape that they’ve ever been in before, ever, ever, ever," Trump said in North Carolina on Tuesday.
"You take a look at the inner cities, you get no education, you get no jobs, you get shot walking down the street. They’re worse," Trump continued. "I mean, honestly, places like Afghanistan are safer than some of our inner cities."
The President pushed back, condemning "lawful segregation in this country just a decade ago."
“It's unrealistic to think that somehow that all just completely went away, because the Civil Rights Act was passed or because Oprah's making a lot of money or because I was elected president. You know, that's not how society works. And if you have hundreds of years of racial discrimination it's likely that the vestiges of that discrimination linger on. And we should acknowledge that and own that," Pres. Obama said.