Obama: ‘There’s No Way to Say Race Relations Are Worse’

President Obama said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that race relations in the U.S. are demonstrably better than they were even 10 years ago.

Discussing the shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager in Ferguson, Mo., on ABC News’ “This Week,” Obama conceded that there are still issues to be worked out, including a deep mistrust of law enforcement in minority communities that the federal government has a role in addressing. In part, Obama said, this is because race-related issues get more attention than they did years ago.

But the nation’s first African-American president said that the U.S. has come a long way from its racially divisive past.