If there is one thing leftists love, it’s having “conversations” about race.
Barack Obama is no exception.
And his latest comments about race are sure to offend millions of Americans.
In his final days in office, Obama feels free to discuss matters of race.
In an interview with NPR, Obama declared that America was going to “be browner country” even if Donald Trump stopped all immigration.
It would then necessitate another of the left’s much beloved “conversations” about race.
“Regardless of what President-elect Donald Trump’s plans are for immigration, President Barack Obama says there will be “inevitable” changes to the demographics of the United States.
“If you stopped all immigration today, just by virtue of birth rates, this is going to be a browner country,” Obama told NPR’s Steve Inskeep in an interview that aired Monday. “And if we’re not thinking right now about how we make sure that next generation is getting a good education and are instilled with a common creed and the values that make America so special and are cared for and nurtured and loved the way every American child is treated, then we’re not going to be as successful…
…But Obama said the national conversation about race is “long overdue.”
“All these smartphones suddenly taking pictures are not documenting a suddenly worsening relationship between the African-American community and the police,” the president said. “They are recording what has been a long-standing tension and the sense on the part of police that they’re put in a very difficult situation of trying to manage law enforcement in poor communities where guns are easily accessible, the African-American community being rightly convinced that there is a long history of racial bias in our criminal justice system.”
In just one answer, Obama blamed guns and racist police officers for the need to have a “conversation” about race.
When leftists say they want to have a conversation about race, what they really mean is they want a monologue.
The “hard truths” the left demands society to except are only the ones favorable to their narrative.
And of course he made sure to smear President-elect Trump’s plans to secure the border and stop illegal immigration as somehow racially motivated.
Trump and his supporters want to secure the border because a nation without a border is no longer a nation.
There is no desire – or even belief – that securing our borders and instituting an America First immigration policy would change the racial makeup of America.
But Obama has long been guilty of constructing straw men to bat down when discussing his opponents.
Obama wasn’t content to just lecture Americans about the need for a “conversation about race”.
In another interview, he proceeded to smear people who support federalism and the Tenth amendment as racists.
Speaking to The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates, Obama discussed the motivations behind Americans who opposed big government welfare programs as really motivated by an ancestral backing of slavery and Jim Crow.
“In our conversations, Obama said he didn’t doubt that there was a sincerely nonracist states’-rights contingent of the GOP. And yet he suspected that there might be more to it. “A rudimentary knowledge of American history tells you that the relationship between the federal government and the states was very much mixed up with attitudes towards slavery, attitudes towards Jim Crow, attitudes towards antipoverty programs and who benefited and who didn’t,” he said.
“And so I’m careful not to attribute any particular resistance or slight or opposition to race. But what I do believe is that if somebody didn’t have a problem with their daddy being employed by the federal government, and didn’t have a problem with the Tennessee Valley Authority electrifying certain communities, and didn’t have a problem with the interstate highway system being built, and didn’t have a problem with the GI Bill, and didn’t have a problem with the [Federal Housing Administration] subsidizing the suburbanization of America, and that all helped you build wealth and create a middle class—and then suddenly as soon as African Americans or Latinos are interested in availing themselves of those same mechanisms as ladders into the middle class, you now have a violent opposition to them—then I think you at least have to ask yourself the question of how consistent you are, and what’s different, and what’s changed.”
While Obama claims “some” of the GOP opposition based on federalism and the Tenth Amendment is legitimate, he leaves it open to interpretation how much he actually believes is based on racism.
It could be 1 percent. It could be 99 percent.
He leaves it up to the reader, and the left-wing portion of the audience will run with Obama’s statement and allow it to conform to their belief that conservatives are racist bigots.
It’s a completely irresponsible statement by Obama, but it’s hard to expect anything less than race-baiting and straw man smear tactics from the soon-to-be ex-President.