Following the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of Baton Rouge and Falcon Heights, Minnesota police, President Obama addressed the American people in a statement that was livestreamed on the White House's YouTube Channel. In the statement, Obama quoted statistics relating to systemic racism, outlined necessary changes in policing strategies, and addressed the #AllLivesMatter ideological stance.
President Obama also released a written statement today on Facebook, addressing the deaths of Sterling and Castile. "All Americans should recognize the anger, frustration, and grief that so many Americans are feeling -- feelings that are being expressed in peaceful protests and vigils," the president wrote. "Rather than fall into a predictable pattern of division and political posturing, let's reflect on what we can do better."