President Obama delivered the commencement speech at Morehouse College this past weekend. He started out okay, but then veered into what could almost be described as an anti-white, anti-heterosexual diatribe. I don’t know, maybe because I’m a white heterosexual my antennae are up over this kind of thing. But still, you make up your own mind.
Delivering a commencement address at the all-male private liberal arts college in Atlanta, Obama spoke in deeply personal terms about the “special obligation” he feels as a black man to help those left behind.
“There but for the grace of God, I might be in their shoes,” Obama said. “I might have been in prison. I might have been unemployed. I might not have been able to support a family — and that motivates me.”
The president also reflected on the absence of his father growing up, noting that he was raised by a “heroic single mother” and urged the young graduates not to shrink from their family responsibilities. [...]
Obama added, “Laws and hearts and minds have been changed to the point where someone who looks just like you can somehow come to serve as president of these United States.”
Yet Obama acknowledged that “the bitter legacies of slavery and segregation” have not vanished, that discrimination still exists.
“As Morehouse men, many of you know what it’s like to be an outsider, to be marginalized, to feel the sting of discrimination. That’s an experience that a lot of Americans share,” Obama said.
Hispanic Americans, Obama lamented, are told to “go back” home while strangers pass judgment on the parenting skills of gay men and lesbians or stare at Muslim Americans with suspicion.
Funny that he didn’t mention all of the groups that were treated by the IRS with suspicion. He also didn’t mention how the IRS was sicced on a tea party group while the Tsarnaev brothers were given a pass. So much for the post-racial presidency. Heck, this is the post-American presidency.
H/T Weasel Zippers