Barack Obama takes on ‘woke’ call-out culture: ‘That’s not activism’

Barack Obama takes on ‘woke’ call-out culture: ‘That’s not activism’


you know this idea of purity
and you’re never compromised and you’re always politically woke and
all that stuff, you should get over that quickly. The world is messy, there are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws. People who you are fighting may love their kids
and share certain things with you and I think that one danger I see among
young people and particularly among college campuses – Malia
and I talk about this, Yara goes to school with my daughter – but I do get a sense sometimes now
among young people and this is accelerated by social media, there is this sense sometimes that
the way of me making change is to be as judgemental as possible
about other people and that’s enough. If I tweet or hashtag about how you
didn’t do something right or used the wrong verb or … then I can sit back
and feel pretty good about myself because man, you see how woke I was?
I called you out. [laughter] Then I get on TV, watch my show,
watch Grown-ish. [laughter] You know, that’s not, that’s not activism.
That’s not bringing about change, you know. If all you’re doing is casting stones,
you’re probably not going to get that far. That’s easy to do.
[applause]

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

100 thoughts on “Barack Obama takes on ‘woke’ call-out culture: ‘That’s not activism’

  1. So, if I'm already volunteering at two homeless shelters; I'm donating on a monthly basis to different NGOs and lobby on behalf of the First Nations then, can I tell this dude to be quiet 'cause he did #$%^ all for the common people? Why doesn't he tell us more about how he bailed-out banksters and gave tax cuts to the rich ffsk When banks fund anyone's political campign don't expect much "Change".

  2. Obama just isn't as articulate as George W. Bush. Remember this gem: "Families is where our nation finds hope; where wings take dream"

  3. Maybe not just casting stones and doing nothing outside of that

    But holding people, corporations, etc, accountable, is definitely activism

    If you have a stronger voice based on your privilege, being of a higher class etc and you take up for someone marginalized, that is one of the most effective ways to use your position of power to enact change

  4. Obama the liar the Wolf in sheep's clothing. Wins peace award for dropping bombs everyday for 8 years!! Puts into place many laws that control our freedom of speech…..see you for who and what you are. Yours is coming to you not in stones.

  5. Strangest thing …ive always thought this but i have a friend , white guy , that shares the exact same mannerisms as obama…spot on . Its weird . Just had to say that , carry on.

  6. if you are sleeping, then you will never understand whats being pulled over your eyes. EYES WIDE SHUT.. STAY WOKE. WHY HE DIDN'T THROW A BBQ AT THE WHITE HOUSE ? HE CANT COOK.

  7. I didn't agree with many of this man's policies or even his administration but he did get this right I would like to thank President Obama which I never thought I would actually calling out these people I'm trying to get proper political discourse back into play

  8. He is considered wrongly by many as part of this wave…..I just hope they pause for a moment and stop bashing him on this point (conservatives) but instead reserve judgement or give him benefit of the doubt….he’s speaking sense give him a 👌 credit..

  9. Tulsi a name for holy basil the spice offered to Vishnu, Pinneapple express brought us Chocolate Thai and Terrorism lets not for get the hookers and sri lankans.

  10. Quite surprised the Guardian uploaded this. Maybe an operative from Fox news is undercover there, either that or someones getting the sack

  11. It’s about holding our politicians to a higher standard. Something Democrats never did with Obama or any other establishment politician.

  12. This man is and has always been wise. Only sith lords deal in absolutes. Obama has always recognized there are gray areas, and sometimes you need to negotiate with your perceived enemies. It's okay to try and understand where they are coming from. That is why he is a great leader.

  13. I said it at the time – these people will pivot and maintain their status regardless of how many lynchings they led. And I do mean that in the literal sense where a lot of violence came out and is coming out of this, including murder.

  14. Ironically, calling out "woke culture" for being judgemental and doing nothing to improve the world, has become a "woke culture" itself that certainly doesn't improve the world, so everybody who participates in that, is a hypocrite.

  15. And this my friends is why we have trump. What Obama is trying to say to is, criticize me and I will slap a label on you. I chose "woke".

  16. Those woke voted for him now he thinks they outlived their purpose now they are going to rise against hi… Who am I kidding they are going to vote blue anyways

  17. Thanks Obama

    No really, thanks. Elevating yourself above others as pure does not fix the world or even help the world. All you do is make an enemy of yourself to people you want on your side.

  18. He doesn't speak for us. We are awake now and are realizing that he never did. He did nothing to better us. We actually suffered more under his presidency than we did under Bush.

  19. As a politician I feel that he let down the people affected by poverty and in regards to environmental issues and military spending. I don't think that he deserves such reverence.

  20. "Use the wrong verb… "
    Well, did he actually mean to say "pronoun" ?

    Anyway, I got carried away.
    Thank you Obama, we need real woke people to call out wanna be wokes.

  21. Lol,the real woke folks know he's been executed in gitmo very recently…What you people are seeing is just a clone

  22. He's right on this but the irony is he's also the president that enabled gender self-ID policies in prisons and homeless shelters.

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