President Obama on Monday said more government spending would help curb the pervasive hopelessness found in some inner cities in the U.S, and said that hopelessness is a major factor in recent flashes of racial unrest.
The president traveled to Camden, N.J., on Monday in an effort to showcase reforms that city’s police department has made to improve relations with its community. But he said expanding opportunities for young people in impoverished areas of the country would take more than just policing reforms.
“A lot of the issues that have been raised here go beyond policing…we can’t ask the police to contain and control problems that the rest of us aren’t willing to face or do anything about,” he said.
“The kids who grow up here are part of America, just like our kids are,” he said. “If we are not investing in them, no matter how good the police are doing, these kids are going to still be challenged, so we’ve all got to step up.”