A speech by former US president Barack Obama in which he talked about the dangers of the “call out” culture and “wokeness” has gone viral.
The former US president, who was speaking at the Obama Foundation Summit held at the Illinois Institute of Technology on Tuesday, spoke about various issues like leadership, grassroots change and power.
Obama suggested that young people are casting judgment on others, and focusing less on bringing a positive change. He raised concerns over how people react to different opinions, especially on social media.
The former president said that calling out on people and their flaws does not constitute activism.”If all you’re doing is casting stones, you are probably not going to get that far,” he said.
Obama also urged people to be more compromising and accepting.”The world is a messy place, there are ambiguities and people who do really good stuff have flaws,” he said.
Watch the interview here:
— ATTN: (@attn) October 30, 2019
Many on social media agreed with what Obama had to say. Take a look at some of the responses to the speech:
I consider myself to be far left, but I very much agree with this and it’s a really good reminder for everyone. We can always learn and change. 💗
— Tiffany G. (@VoxyMeow) October 30, 2019
I can’t like this enough.
I certainly don’t agree with the man about everything, but he hit the nail on the head here.
— AuburnHobbes (@AuburnHobbes) October 30, 2019
I didn’t agree with him on several political issues. But he is spot on here.
— Dono6971 (@dono6971) October 30, 2019
Thank you, Mr. President. I never voted for him, but he’s a good man and I’d welcome him back without hesitation despite political differences.
— Calvin Wells (@CalGTR) October 30, 2019
Best US president in modern times, esp from a European perspective. We miss him too!
— Coco Dachs (@coco_dachs) October 30, 2019
He’d make a pretty good President I think…
— Joe_Sinister (@Joe_Sinister1) October 30, 2019
Thank you, sir! Cancel culture is out of control. And these “woke” warriors are just rude af. Insults are easy. The hard work is respecting people you disagree with and seeing common humanity in people who are different from you. Respect and empathy, we really need more of that.
— Zee (@sweetly_zee) October 30, 2019
thank you for your leadership on this topic. woke religious fervor can spread like a virus. it is dangerous and hard to stop and the mob always eats itself after having burned all the ‘witches’.
— Dr B (@P_J_Buckhaults) October 30, 2019