WASHINGTON - Former President Barack Obama says he is optimistic the United States is "going to get better," because young people are involved in the issues that are driving protests in the streets.
Obama did not mention anyone by name, including President Donald Trump, during a brief appearance in an online town hall Wednesday sponsored by My Brother's Keeper Alliance, founded by Obama. But he said it was time to highlight problems and "make people in power uncomfortable."
He said he wants those who feel targeted by police and others because of race that their lives and dreams matter. Obama said they should be able to walk down a street, into a store, or even go bird-watching in the park without worrying that something was going to happen.
Obama noted that people who work in law enforcement have a tough job, and that many are outraged at the mistreatment by some police officers. He said the majority of police are there to protect and serve and are a "vital part" of the conversation.