Imagine if Donald Trump stood in front of graduates at an all-white university and told them to embrace their whiteness. Words haven’t been invented yet to describe how the liberals would freak out. This would be seen as the most racist thing of all time. Obama just stood in front of graduates at an all-black university and told them to embrace their blackness and this is seen as a message of empowerment. It’s funny how that works, isn’t it?
Obama gave the commencement speech at Howard University on Saturday. Howard is what they call a historically black college or university (HBCU), because saying it’s an exclusively black university would be racist and illegal, even though it is an all-black university.
“Be confident in your heritage, be confident in your blackness,” said Obama.
It’s weird because when white people celebrate their heritage, they are called white supremacists. For a white person to be confident in his or her whiteness makes that person a bigot. How can we ever be an equal society when there are unequal rules?
In typical Obama fashion, this was really all about him. He wasn’t telling the graduates anything he thought would help them in life, he was complaining about how unfairly he feels he’s been treated.
“One of the great changes that’s occurred in the country since I was your age is the realization there’s no one way to be black, take it from someone who’s seen both sides of the debate about whether I’m black or not,” Obama whined.
Gee, I didn’t think the debate was if Obama is black, I thought it was whether he was a US citizen or not.
Now here is where things go completely off the rails. Obama starts by saying that “blackness” is whatever black people want it to be:
“There’s no straightjacket, there’s no constraint, there’s no litmus test for authenticity,” he said.
And then he narrowly defines “blackness” as being a victim:
“Even as we each embrace our own beautiful and unique and valid versions of our blackness, remember the tie that does bind us as African Americans and that is our particular awareness of injustice and unfairness and struggle,” Obama said.
Putting it all together, being black means being a victim of racist white people, and the President of the United States just told a bunch of black people that that they need to revel in their role as a victim. What a shitty message. I imagine Obama will probably not be a motivational speaker when he leaves the White House.
And speaking of shitty messages:
“That’s a pet peeve of mine, people who’ve been successful and don’t realize they’ve been lucky, that God may have blessed them. It wasn’t nothing you did, so don’t have an attitude,” said Obama.
Wow, he actually just told these graduates that people are not successful through hard work, but rather just because they got lucky. That certainly applies to him because there is no other explanation why an unmotivated bum like him would be a two-term POTUS, but most successful people get there through sweat, dedication, and talent.
Take everything in Obama’s speech and replace the words “black” and “blackness” with “white” and “whiteness.” Now have that speech delivered by a white person to a group of other white people. Suddenly it becomes less of a commencement address and more of a white power rally. We still have a long way to go before everyone is treated equally in this country.