Obama: Black Lives Matter activists can't 'keep on yelling'

EMBED </>More News Videos

President Obama says the time has come for the Black Lives Matter movement to mature (KTRK)

President Barack Obama is offering some advice to young activists: Be realistic, and be ready to compromise.

Obama says marriage equality advocates were effective in persuading him to shift his stance on gay marriage. He credits the movement, as well as his two daughters, with convincing him and others that the issue wasn't just a legal matter, but about a "sense of stigma."

VIDEO: Co-founder of Black Lives Matter speaks to students at Prairie View A&M
EMBED </>More News Videos

Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter movement speaks to Tracy Clemons.

He says that's something he should have understood earlier.

Obama didn't shower the same praise on the Black Lives Matter campaign. He says the criminal justice and racial equality activists have been "really effective in bringing attention to a problem." But he warned that when politicians are ready to address a problem, activists have to be ready to present a realistic agenda.

VIDEO: Beyonce's Pro-Black anthem
EMBED </>More News Videos

Tracy Clemons talks to Burt Springer and KG Smooth on the controversy surrounding Beyonce's latest song.

He says, "You can't just keep on yelling at them. You can't refuse to meet because that might compromise the purity of your position."

Obama says advocates must be prepared to negotiate and "occasionally take half a loaf."

VIDEO: Teens allegedly assault veteran over Black Lives Matter
EMBED </>More News Videos

Chris Marquez says several teenagers attacked him in Washington D.C.

Related Topics:
politicspoliticsAfrican Americansblack historyu.s. & worldbuzzworthy
(Copyright ©2016 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Load Comments