“the politics of White resistance and resentment”
It seems former President Obama didn’t get Joe Biden’s memo about unity. In his new podcast with noted Trump-hater Bruce Springsteen, he said that white ‘resistance and resentment’ has prevented reparations.
Can we finally dispel this notion that Obama is some healing, unifying figure?
Houston Keene reports at FOX News:
Obama says reparations ‘justified’ but ‘politics of White resistance’ made it ‘nonstarter’ to propose
Former President Barack Obama blamed “the politics of White resistance and resentment” as the reason why he didn’t push financial reparations for Black Americans during his presidency.
On Monday, Obama and rock and roll legend Bruce Springsteen released the second episode of their new podcast, “Renegades: Born in the USA,” where they spoke about race relations in the United States.
Toward the end of the episode, the two hosts spoke about reparations to Black Americans and whether or not the controversial policy would come to fruition.
Obama said he believes reparations are “justified” and that “there’s not much question that the wealth… the power of this country was built in significant part — not exclusively, maybe not even the majority of it, but a large portion of it — was built on the backs of slaves.”
The former president claimed that a reparations proposal didn’t make its way through the lawmaking process during his presidency due to “the politics of White resistance and resentment.”
Dave Urbanski of The Blaze notes that Obama’s position on reparations was different when he was first running for president in 2008:
“We can’t even get this country to provide decent schooling for inner-city kids,” Obama also said, according to the Post. “And what I saw during my presidency was the politics of white resistance and resentment. The talk of welfare queens and the talk of the undeserving poor. And the backlash against affirmative action. All that made the prospect of actually proposing any kind of coherent, meaningful reparations program … not only a non-starter but potentially counterproductive.”
Fox News said it appears the former president has changed his position on reparations, as he opposed the idea during his 2008 presidential campaign and argued that “the best reparations we can provide are good schools in the inner city and jobs for people who are unemployed.”
So. Much. Unity.
I’m surprised he didn’t mention people bitterly clinging to their guns and religion.DONATE
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