Obama hasn’t been the greatest leader in terms of, well, anything. So when he offered a bit of advice to black youths across the nation recently, parents of those children listening cringed – and with good reason.
According to Obama, the best thing that black youths can do for themselves in order to better their futures, is “act white.”
During an event for his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, Obama stated:
There’s no contradiction between knowing your culture — the traditional cultures out of which your families come, but also being part of the larger culture.
And I think that one of the things — this is true not just for Native Americans, but it’s also true for African Americans. Sometimes African Americans, in communities where I’ve worked, there’s been the notion of “acting white” — which sometimes is overstated, but there’s an element of truth to it, where, okay, if boys are reading too much, then, well, why are you doing that? Or why are you speaking so properly?
And the notion that there’s some authentic way of being black, that if you’re going to be black you have to act a certain way and wear a certain kind of clothes, that has to go. (Applause.) Because there are a whole bunch of different ways for African American men to be authentic.
Now there are a few things here in which Obama touches on that are actually factual – despite the fact that if a white person were to say it they’d be deemed a racist. There are, unequivocally, a series of distinct issues within certain cultures that limit future generations from springing to their greatest potential, but does that mean you should act like someone else?
Do you think Obama is trying to get across a viable point here, or is he giving another one of his “band-aid” fixes? Let us know in the comments below.