The folk song “We Shall Overcome” was adopted as the anthem of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. President Barack Obama must have hummed that song on his way to becoming one of the most divisive presidents ever.
Obama, who still appears on talk shows as if he won a 3rd term, is dismayed that black people have not overcome and that racism still exists in America.
“[W]e have, by no means overcome the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow and colonialism and racism,” Obama told The Daily Show host Trevor Noah on Monday.
Obama told Noah that he believes white people “who are not subject to racism can sometimes have blind spots or lack of appreciation of what it feels to be on the receiving end of that, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not open to learning and caring about equality and justice and that I can win them over because there is goodness in the majority of people.”
12 years after publishing his book Dreams from My Father, Obama, who is half black, is shocked that his well-mannered persona failed to “win over” people and cure racism in America.
“(White) People were satisfied so long as you were courteous and smiled and made no sudden moves. They were more than satisfied, they were relieved — such a pleasant surprise to find a well-mannered young black man who didn’t seem angry all the time.”
The president didn’t help his goal by focusing most of his energy on dividing this country with failed policies on immigration, socialist healthcare, and blindly overlooking the needs of the black community.