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]

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

  1. My take on "woke culture" is this:

    You have the right to believe whatever you want. That's totally fine. What ISN'T fine is for you to shame, and belittle others who don't share the same views as you do.

  2. I like Obama I really do. Having said that, this situation in America is partly your fault for the whole allowing gay marriage. You even said that you wanted to remove morals from the whole debate and just talk about the two people. Of course this would happen. All the morals and the religious sanctity of marriage are fading. If people didn't treat lust and sex as something that can be easily exchanged then we'd be in a better place.

  3. Thanks, Obama! I hate Trump but I might hate these woke assholes even more. The most obnoxious, delusional people you'll ever meet who are doing their best to give Trump a second term.

  4. Tôi chỉ là 1 người dân. Muốn đi học nhưng không biết láy tiền đâu ra. Không lẽ móc tiền túi đi học rồi về phục vụ công không cho quốc gia sao?.

  5. Right. But there was a lot more room between being "woke" and drone striking children in the Middle East and breaking deportation records so don't act like you were the next best thing to a "politically pure" leader. Also thanks for endorsing Hillary in 2016, worked out great for the world!

  6. I agree with Obama 100% on this but he should’ve said this in office he did let some people under him act “woke” and it benefited him he somewhat did create this culture fair or not

  7. Where is EXXXSECUTION PUBLIC in the UNITED STATES. Without judge jury or a process OR LAW BRIKEN . ok ? WHERE WHAT WERE TO BELIEVE IS THERE ( TRUTH AND JUSTICE BEING THE ( AMERICAN WAY) AND IF ITS NOT THEN VETS AND MILITARY fight and died .. FOR NOTHING

  8. If it don't effect the elite . It's ok . If we all did. Electromagnetic munipulation to kill off the U.s. Citezens it's ok as long as the greedy misers of the top want it that way

  9. If the stones casted . ARE JUSTIFIABLE . AND I'm in America . And being pppppublically . executed or ( trying to) . That's not JUSTIFIABLE SCREW GROWNISH OR DHOW PRIVACY INVADED HUMILIATED USEDD . THAN TYING TO SPECTIALIZE ME ? I GOT TEXT PEBBLE MAN YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT

  10. This is so sad and offensive. He had 8 years to be this helpful and rational. He chose to pander to one side, and take the easy way out. Too little too late.

  11. You should know about messi because you're part of the reason that the world is messy you are a liar you are a thief and you are the worst president in the history of presidents

  12. Thank you Misteww Obama! ❤️
    seriously call out culture is just self-righteous bullying

    They attack a vulnerable target to gain support and admiration of their friends. That's high school bullying in disguise.

  13. Never actually says anything. It's all platitudes and clichés with the odd funny line thrown in.
    It's not an opinion or anything groundbreaking. That's why certain groups love hearing it. All sounds lovely and they don't have to think too hard about it.

  14. Great words from a great leader! Great lesson for the Guardian's editorial staff as well, who are oftentimes deeply invested in promoting this cancel culture!

  15. The job is to start a conversation, not end one sides ability to participate. We will never get anywhere if both sides can't learn to coexist better.

  16. He's a wise man saying things that his audience might not want to hear but has to know. Too bad he couldn't run again.

  17. Right up with Kennedy as one of the most overrated US Presidents in history but speaking sensibly here, a rarity for those on the rabid left…

  18. Self reflection ?? I might be a little.. obsessed ?? Oh no ! I don't want to ask myself where I might be automatically making enemies.. besides.. all that work to make my life align to Truth.. let's leave all that to Monks and Nuns.. while I just trust the unsatisfied Mob mentality…

  19. Obama! Das Wahlsystem mit den Wahlmänner ist richtig schlecht! Es sollte das Mehrheitsprinzip in den USA gelten! Wer die meisten Stimmen erhält wird Präsident! Sonst verbrennen viele Wählerstimmen im Nichts mit den Wahlmännern! So ist jede Stimme von jedem US Bürger kostbar!

  20. I voted for Obama 2 times but I'm really disappointed in him now. He's not progressive, he came in for hope and change and failed. "Woke" is what happened due to Trump presidency. We now see the truth. lots of corruption. "BERNIE 2020"

  21. Why does the far left and democrats keeping ignoring Obama's went two straight terms are they going to listen or or not

  22. 90% civilian drone death rate from this guy. Don't patronize us on how "woke" we should or shouldn't be. This is the same guy that ran on "change", while giving the finger at the part of his party that wants to implement change. This guy is something else.

  23. This was disgusting to watch. The so called brining of hope is trying to crush the progressive momentum. Obama isn’t failed with Hillary. His hope failed in 2016. The DNC went broke with Obama’s consultants. And look at the state of us now. We now see Obama is seeking to dismantle Progressive values with his 80’s Republican style narrative and agenda.

  24. His voice sounds shaky and nervous and his demeanor looks shifty like he is testing how the crowd is reacting to see how he is doing. He’s lying.

  25. Obama never knew the Russians were taking over the world during his 8 years in office until Clinton ran against Trump and heard it on TV.

  26. Obama is quickly becoming my least liked Democrat. Though I voted for him twice, he makes me wonder if it would have been better if Mitt Romney wrestled that 2nd term away from Obama. Likely we would not have had Trump if that was the case as the Presidency would not have been handed to Hillary. No matter what, the progressives were bound to rise.

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