President Obama tells students ‘be confident in your blackness’ – leaves whites with important question

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As President Obama heads towards the end of his term he is transitioning into what his role will be post-presidency.

And, if his commencement speech to students at Howard University on Saturday is any indication, that role will resemble a new age Al Sharpton.

Never one to miss an opportunity to divide Americans into groups, the president urged the students at the traditionally black university to “Be confident in your heritage, be confident in your blackness.”

The statement left many white people to ask, “shall I be confident in my whiteness?”

Obama continued to beat the drum of black victimhood for his captive audience.

“Remember the tie that does bind us as African-Americans and that is our particular awareness of injustice and unfairness and struggle,” he told the new graduates.“That means we cannot sleepwalk through life. We cannot be ignorant of history. We can’t meet the world with a sense of entitlement.

“That’s a pet peeve of mine, people who’ve been successful and don’t realize they’ve been lucky, that God may have blessed them,” he continued. “It wasn’t nothing you did, so don’t have an attitude.”

The president didn’t stop with separating whites from blacks.

He made certain to let the black women in the audience know they are double victims.

“Harriet Tubman may be going on the 20, but we’ve still got a gender gap when a black woman working full-time still earns just 66 percent of what a white man gets paid,” he said.

He encouraged the students to vote as well and be willing to compromise.

“Change requires more than just speaking out, it requires listening as well. In particular it requires listening to those with whom you disagree and being prepared to compromise,” Obama said. “”Even when you are 100 percent right, this is hard to explain sometimes, you can be completely right and you are still going to engage folks who disagree with you.”

Is he serious?

That from a man who’s “my way or the highway” attitude has created gridlock for 7 years.

He closed his speech out with his 2008 campaign slogan “yes we can.”

But it was his comments on “blackness” that had social media excoriating him.

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