Former President Obama is warning against “the dangers of cancel culture” going too far in American society in his interview aired on Monday.
The 44th commander-in-chief told Anderson Cooper in a CNN special Monday that many race problems are a reflection of the US not having “fully reconciled with our history.”
Obama said it was “hard for the majority” of white Americans “to recognize you can be proud of this country and its traditions and its history and our forefathers and yet, it is also true that this terrible stuff happened.”
“The vestiges of that linger and continue,” Obama added.
The Democrat said that his political opponents would often “not only block that story but try to exploit it for their political gain.”
This is not something he’d just say – there’s nothing this communist likes more than chaos and division.
Here’s an excerpt from The Hill reports:
“A lot of the dangers of cancel culture and ‘we’re just going to be condemning people all the time,’ at least among my daughters, they’ll acknowledge that among their peer group or in college campuses, you’ll see people going overboard,”
Obama added that his two daughters Malia and Sasha have a “pretty good sense of look we don’t expect everybody to be perfect we don’t expect everybody to politically correct all the time.”
Obama may be looking at this and seeing that the “cancel culture” is backfiring and hurting the left more than the right.
Former President Barack Obama says cancel culture goes “overboard,” but highlights calling out “institutions or individuals if they are being cruel.” pic.twitter.com/2Se5EECmGn
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Obama has in the past criticized what he in 2019 called “woke” culture that leaves little room for forgiveness for misdeeds of people in public life.
“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,” he said at an event for his foundation Summit in Chicago that year. “The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws.”
He said people calling others out on social media is “not activism.”
Trust me, he’s not sticking up for conservatives here – he’s talking about all the lefties who’ve gone down in a ball of flames thanks to “cancel culture.”
“Like, 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, you see how woke I was, I called you out,’” he said.
Obama also used his interview with Cooper to blast both the Republican Party and his successor, former President Donald Trump.
“We have to worry when one of our major political parties is willing to embrace a way of thinking about our democracy that would be unrecognizable and unacceptable even five years ago or a decade ago,” Obama said.