When Barack Obama was elected in 2008, many hoped our nation’s first black President would help close America’s racial divide.

But things have not gone exactly as planned.

And now as Obama leaves office, Americans have one message for him.

A new Pew Research poll details that a majority of Americans believe Obama has failed to improve race relations.

28% of respondents believe Obama did try, but was unsuccessful.

25% feel Obama only made things worse.

This adds up to a 53% majority who view Obama as either having failed to seal racial tensions or has actually made racial tensions worse.

It’s not hard to see how these results come about.

Obama’s two terms in office have been marred with multiple instances of him pitting races against each other.

Early in Obama’s first term, when police detained a black Harvard professor entering his own home because they had received a 9-1-1 call, Obama attacked the responding officer by saying he “acted stupidly.”

Weighing in on racial controversies has become a hallmark of the Obama years.

Many feel Obama inflamed racial resentment during the Trayvon Martin case.

Martin was killed after starting a fight with George Zimmerman who believed Martin was acting suspiciously.

Obama declared at a press conference that if he had a son, “he would look like Trayvon Martin.”

When Zimmerman was acquitted at trial, activists began using the hash tag #BlackLivesMatter, and the movement quickly grew into one of the most controversial political groups in America.

Black Lives Matter then rose to prominence in 2014 after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Critics blast the group for their racially charged name, anti-cop rhetoric, widespread falsehoods, and violent riots.

Michael Brown was killed after initiating a conflict with Officer Darren Wilson.

Officer Wilson was called to respond to the scene where Brown was accused of committing a strong armed robbery at local convenience store.

Brown fought Officer Wilson and even tried reaching for his gun.

Despite these facts, Black Lives Matter promoted the lie that Brown was surrendering when Officer Wilson shot him.

“Hands up, don’t shoot” became their rally cry, despite it being 100% false.

When a grand jury declined to indict Officer Wilson, the “hands up, don’t shoot” meme was so pervasive, riots broke out in Ferguson and 25 buildings were burned to the ground.

Black Lives Matter is also known for promoting violence against police officers.

At one of the group’s marches in Minnesota, Black Lives Matter activists chanted, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon!”

Yet none of their controversial and violent conduct has hindered Obama from embracing Black Lives Matter.

Obama defended the group at a White House forum on criminal justice.

New York Magazine reports:

“I think everybody understands all lives matter,” he said, but “there is a specific problem that is happening in the African-American community that’s not happening in other communities. And that is a legitimate issue that we’ve got to address…

… But he concluded his statement by emphasizing that “the African-American community is not just making this up. It’s not just something being politicized. It’s real, and there’s a history behind it. And we have to take it seriously.”

He also backed the group by saying progress is “uncomfortable”.

World Net Daily reports:

“There’s no black family that hasn’t had a conversation around the kitchen table about driving while black and being profiled or being stopped,” he said, adding that while the issue of racism among police might be “uncomfortable” to deal with, America certainly needs to shine more “sunlight” on it…

 …You know, during that process there’s going to be some noise and some discomfort, but I m absolutely confident that over the long term, it leads to a fair, more just, healthier America,” Obama said.”

 By embracing racially charged groups like Black Lives Matter, it is no wonder a majority of Americans believe Obama has failed to improve race relations.