President Obama Gets One Right July 21, 2014Posted by geoff in News.
This is one of the very few things the President has said with which I can agree without reservation:
“The notion that there’s some authentic way of being black, that if you’re going to be black you have to act a certain way and wear a certain kind of clothes, … that has to go, because there are a whole bunch of different ways for African-American men to be authentic,” Obama said.
“There’s some cultures, frankly, who have done this better than others,” Obama said, pointing to Jewish Americans and Asian Americans who had retained a sense of their histories but also demonstrated academic accomplishments.
“I think this is something that we have to spend some time thinking about, making sure that, we understand there’s a way of knowing your history, knowing your culture, being proud of it, using it as a strength but not thinking that there is just one way of you then having to act,” Obama said.
I.e., the whole notion of “acting white” and “being authentically black” are just inventions by those who wanted to create an artificial distinction between the races.
But whenever we say things like this it cements us as racists. When Bill Cosby said it, he and his message were ridiculed. When Martin Luther King lived it, that fact was conveniently ignored.
Perhaps this time people can finally grasp that culture and race are distinguishable, and that one can hate or love a culture without hating or loving a race.