Speaking to attendees of his annual Obama Foundation Summit Tuesday, former President Barack Obama warned younger members of the audience that going too far down the “woke” rabbit hole will only lead to disappointment in life.
“This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re politically woke, and all that stuff — you should get over that quickly,” he said. “The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws.”
See his comments below:
Calling people out on social media isn’t going to solve anything, Obama said.
“I get a sense among certain young people on social media that the way of making change is to be as judgmental as possible about other people. If I tweet or hashtag about how you didn’t do something right or used the wrong verb, then I can sit back and feel pretty good about myself because ‘Man did you see how woke I was? I called you out!'”
“That’s enough,” he added. “If all you’re doing is casting stones, you are probably not going to get that far.”
Being “woke” in the current vernacular means being especially aware of racial, ethnic and social injustice in the world. Often, it also involves pointing out that injustice to others.
It isn’t the first time the former president has called out his fellow Democrats and progressives for being too quick to judge their peers.
He previously said in Berlin at an Obama Foundation event that “one of the things I do worry about among progressives in the United States, maybe it’s true here as well, is a certain kind of rigidity where we say, ‘Uh, I’m sorry, this is how it’s going to be,’ and then we start sometimes creating what’s called a ‘circular firing squad,’ where you start shooting at your allies because one of them has strayed from purity on the issues.”