Obama ripped for telling black kids to lose the gold chains and avoid twerking
Appearing at an event in Oakland, California on Tuesday with NBA star Stephen Curry, Obama urged boys from minority backgrounds to step up and become self-confident role models, instead of chasing women and wealth.
“We live in a culture where our worth is measured by how much money we have and how famous we are,” he told the audience. “I will tell you, at the end of the day, the thing that will give you confidence is not that. I know a lot of rich people that are all messed up.”
Y'all made a whole thing of Michelle Obama's boots and consider it a collective come up if the Obamas get paid but it's the Black rappers with chains who are misguided in their fixation with wealth attainment & how to properly behave regarding money 🙃— Bree Newsome Bass (@BreeNewsome) February 20, 2019
“If you are really confident about your financial situation, you’re probably not going to be wearing an eight-pound chain around your neck. If you’re very confident about your sexuality, you don’t have to have eight women around you twerking,” Obama said, jibing the ideal of success often promoted by hip-hop culture.
The social justice crowd, however, took Obama's remarks not as trying to lift up the youth, but rather picking on them for dreaming of emulating their hip-hop idols.
“This does strike me as a Cosby-esque jab at poor Black men w/ aspirations of attaining wealth,” wrote filmmaker and activist Bree Newsome, referencing disgraced entertainer Bill Cosby’s 2004 call for young black men to “pull your pants up” and fix their communities.
Folks confident in their wealth display it thru fashion everyday w/ designer labels & for generations men have demonstrated their sexual confidence by having wives & mistresses. So this does strike me as a Cosby-esque jab at poor Black men w/ aspirations of attaining wealth https://t.co/oodVFU2KiF— Bree Newsome Bass (@BreeNewsome) February 20, 2019
Obama is at it again. When he sees black men he sees the father who abandoned him. Also, I could do without him revealing his own fantasies.— Margaret Kimberley (@freedomrideblog) February 20, 2019
“If you’re very confident about your sexuality, you don’t have to have eight women around you twerking.”
This is exactly what it sounds like to me. And infuriating since he largely failed to improve the economic conditions of the black men he's referring to conditions which he largely avoided in his life.— kvell hooks (@TheHipsterRebbe) February 20, 2019
Barack Obama has always been the conservative, Cosby, respectability, boot straps, type of Black. Always. 😑— Kanye Twitty (@SugarKovalczyk) February 20, 2019
Curiously, the offended Twitter mob seemed to have missed Obama’s assertion later in his speech that “Some communities need more police, not fewer police,” a statement apparently critical of the Black Lives Matter movement.
While a passing reference, Obama’s defense of good old-fashioned law and order is a change of tone for the former president, who invited BLM leadership to the White House in 2016.
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