Former President Barack Obama, in case you have not been keeping up with current events, is in Africa. He was in a cricket stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa making a speech. If he had made this speech while he was President, it would have been very interesting. Take a few minutes as and read this review of his speech. You will find the contrasts interesting.
As Written and Reported By Jim Geraghty for The National Review:
It would have been good to hear this wisdom from a president instead of an ex-president.
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Yesterday, President Obama stood in a cricket stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, and said a lot of things that could, or should, get conservatives nodding in agreement. But as he offered a grim assessment of both modern American politics and the broader geopolitical scene, you had to wonder when, if ever, he would confront the fact that he had a lot to do with the shaping of modern American politics and the broader geopolitical scene. He certainly had more influence on it than you or I did.
Do you think Cubans are fighting for healthcare or freedom from Communism?
Obama pointed out that history’s many horrific systems of oppression can’t be simplified to a simple narrative of racism: “Whites were happy to exploit other whites when they could. And by the way, blacks were often willing to exploit other blacks. And around the globe, the majority of people lived at subsistence levels, without a say in the politics or economic forces that determined their lives.”
And he took a shot at identity politics: “You can’t [change minds] if you insist that those who aren’t like you — because they’re white, or because they’re male — that somehow there’s no way they can understand what I’m feeling, that ………
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