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Obama: Affirmation Action Should Be Less Of An Issue Than It's Made Out To Be

AP: President Barack Obama says he's never believed that affirmative action is as much of an issue as it's been made out to be. He says it hasn't been as "potent a force for racial progress" as its supporters have said, and that it hasn't been as bad for white students or job applicants as its critics say. In an Associated Press interview Thursday, Obama said affirmative action can be made an "afterthought" when problems such as malnutrition, poverty and substandard schools are dealt with, and "everybody has a level playing field." President Barack Obama said Thursday the Supreme Court had 'moved the ball' on affirmative action in a decision favoring white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., but added the court had not ruled out the use of racial preferences in the future.

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