The most divisive president in recent memory, the man who single-handedly set back race relations decades, now says the idea of a “post-racial” America was naive.
In an interview with NBC News anchor Lester Holt, President Barack Obama reflected on race relations as he prepares to leave office.
“I think any talk of it being a post-racial America after my election was never realistic,” the president said.
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Obama says this as if he had little to do with the “talk,” when in reality, he was the one who initiated it.
“There is not a liberal America and a conservative America,” Obama said in a speech at the 2004 Democratic National Committee. “There is not a black America, a white America, a Latino America, an Asian America. There’s the United States of America.”
The man who was elected in large part because of his race told Holt the idea of a post-racial America created two obstacles, beginning with minorities expecting problems to “be addressed overnight,” and the other that “white voters […] made an unrealistic notion” that discrimination is over.
Obama ignores his own divisive behavior, beginning with the inappropriate intervention, barely six months in office, in the arrest of belligerent black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., when Obama infamously said cops “acted stupidly” for arresting Gates.
This attitude continued throughout Obama’s two terms, culminating with the embrace of the violent anti-police Black Lives Matter movement, as seen when a few of the group’s leaders were invited to attend the White House Christmas party.
Claiming race relations are better today than when he took office, Obama took full credit for this perceived gain.
“Hopefully a generation that has been raised under my presidency will remember how I’ve talked about these issues in a way that’s respectful of everybody,” he said.
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