Obama Cautions Fellow Progressives About ‘Woke’ Culture

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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.”

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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.”

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General Confusion
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I have explained this before, so pay attention this time. A “purity test” is more of an accusation from conservative/corrupt politicians against Democrats who are adamant about various issues. A lot of those issues tend to be social issues. That doesn’t interest me – at all. King Donald The Loser promised change for those who are hurting. That helped get him elected. Didn’t happen, though. Why? Because of corruption (and he never believed he would anyway). NO change is possible from the left or the right with the amount of corruption that this country has. Do YOU want change? Any… Read more »

Screwtape
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Confused in so many ways,

I agree. Obozo WAS a failure in vision, leadership, and so many other ways.

Consider how easy his “legacy” has been dismantled. Building permanence through legislation was either beyond or beneath The Lightbringer. That’s a failure of leadership.

Screwtape
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Confusion abounds,

“I have ONE “purity” test, as if you care. “Are you corrupt?” That’s it. Simple. If you are, you are garbage and should be resisted politically in every way.

Please expound on your “purity” test. The Nazis and Stalinists also had “purity” tests. What do YOU define as “corruption”? Discussion can only occur when terms and definitions are set out.

How exactly does one *ahem* pass your test? I’d be interested in hearing the criteria.

Is “purity” a vague and arbitrary term like “fair” in fair taxation? Clearly you have standards. Let’s hear them.

General Confusion
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Don’t worry. I copied your whole reply word for word. “That only proves the “Great O” had to be led around by his nose by others because he was spineless and unqualified to sit behind the big desk. Fortunately, President Trump is the direct opposite and able to make decisions which have helped Make America Great AGAIN.” Confused James No, it does not meant that at all. You are just projecting how weak King Donald The Loser is onto Obama. His Majesty is a loser. Just look at the mess that he created recently in Syria after getting one phone… Read more »

General Confusion
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“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.” Pres. Obama

Purity? Ambiguities? Flaws?

I have ONE “purity” test, as if you care. “Are you corrupt?” That’s it. Simple. If you are, you are garbage and should be resisted politically in every way.

YOU, Pres. Obama, were handed your cabinet list from Goldman-Sachs before you assumed office and you appointed each one of them but one.

Fail.

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