“This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re politically woke and all that stuff — you should get over that quickly,” the former president said. “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 you know share certain things with you.”
Speaking specifically to college students, the former president said, “I do get a sense sometimes now among certain young people, and this is accelerated by social media, there is this sense sometimes of the way of me making change is to be as judgmental as possible about other people and that’s enough.”
“Like if I tweet or hashtag about how you didn’t do something right, or use the wrong verb then I can sit back and feel pretty good about myself, ‘Cuz man, did you see how woke I was? I called you out! Let me get on TV, watch my show, watch Grown-ish.’”
“That’s not activism. That’s not bringing about change,” the forty-fourth chief executive continued. “If all you’re doing is casting stones, you’re probably not going to get that far. That’s easy to do.”
President Obama’s remarks come amid incessant bullying from social media mobs and the “cancel culture” – people who strive to punish individuals or groups that don’t meet their ideological approval.
The recently so-called “woke” culture has boycotted figures from comedians to taco truck owners for the slightest infractions (perceived or otherwise).
Last week, clients of Lloyd, a New York taco truck, condemned the company on social media for serving lunch to Immigration and Customs Enforcement workers at the Buffalo Federal Detention Center. The company issued a statement on Twitter apologizing to the immigrant and refugee communities in Buffalo.
New York State Senator Rob Ortt responded on Twitter, “In what world does a company feel the need to apologize for serving food to federal law enforcement officers who work in dangerous conditions? Pathetic pandering. The men and women who work to enforce our immigration laws and protect us deserve better.”
Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren said President Obama was “the voice of reason” in the Democratic Party for standing up for First Amendment values.