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Andrew Young on solutions to racial hatred, gun violence, confederate flag

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Atlanta icon Andrew Young weighed in on the church massacre in Charleston and the roots of what sparked the shooting.

In an exclusive interview, CBS46's Mike Dunston spoke with the former UN ambassador, Atlanta mayor and pastor.

When Ambassador Young saw Dylan Roof in a video court hearing, he knew where the roots of his alleged racial hatred came from.

"There are more white people in poverty than there are blacks. There are more white people who needs health insurance than blacks right now," Young said. "Poor white people feel as though the organized effort that we made to help ourselves is a threat to them."

"White supremacy is a sickness, and you don't get angry with sick people, and that sickness can be contagious so you don't get angry," Young added.

Dunston: "So do you think that once you deal with the economic problem, the attitudinal problem about race will change, will follow?"

Ambassador Young: "That's been our experience whether we like it or not."

Dunston: "Back in 1997, then President Clinton announced a race initiative to confront the difficult and controversial issues surrounding race in our country, to help bridge racial divides. President Obama has also hit on the topic in speeches too."

Ambassador Young: "Do we need another conversation on race? We need a conversation on the economics of poverty, and that is not white or black. It is universal. Poverty, the lack of jobs, the lack of education, the lack of health care anywhere in the word is a threat."

Dunston: "Some people see the Confederate flag as a threat. Recently, some Republicans joined the chorus of Democrats calling for the Confederate flag to be removed from the state house grounds in Columbia, South Carolina."

Ambassador Young: "That's not the problem. It's not even a symbol of a problem. The problem is the money. Let's integrate the money. Ferguson was not black and white or black and blue. It was green. You had unemployed blacks who are angry and frustrated, but you had under-employed policeman who were ill-trained and unprepared, and who had been taught that these black folks who were unemployed were lazy and worthless and they had to take care of them. That is a lie. It's not the color, it is the lie that has to be faced."

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