President Obama said that the country is less racially divided than when he entered the White House six years ago.

"No, I actually think that it's probably in its day-to-day interactions less racially divided," Obama said in an interview with NPR, according to an excerpt.

His comments come as racial tensions have been running high following the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y. Both were black, unarmed and killed by police. Grand juries decided not to indict either officer, leading to nationwide protests regarding racial inequality.

The frustration has also turned into violence. Two NYPD officers were killed in their patrol car Dec. 20 by a man who had cited the deaths of Brown and Garner on Facebook.

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