Pres. Barack Obama: “If I tweet or hashtag about how you didn’t do something right, or used the wrong verb, then I can sit back and feel pretty good about myself, ’cause man, did you see how woke I was? I called you out… That’s not activism. That’s not bringing about change.” pic.twitter.com/kr0PMuTTzI
— The Hill (@thehill) October 30, 2019
Courtesy of The Hill:
President Obama on Tuesday called out what he called “woke” culture in a speech at the third annual Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago, saying that even “people who do really good stuff have flaws.”
The former president encouraged the audience to “get over” the concept that “you’re always politically woke.”
“This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re always politically woke and all that stuff, you should get over that quickly,” he said. “The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws.”
Obama continued by calling out other people on social media for not being “woke” is “not activism” and “not bringing about change.”
“There is this sense sometimes of the way of me making change is for me to be as judgmental about other people, and that’s enough,” he said.
“Like if I tweet or hashtag about how you didn’t do something right or used the wrong verb, then I can sit back and feel pretty good about myself because ‘man, you see how woke I was I called you out,’ ” he added.
Well, he’s not wrong.
I cannot tell you the number of times that somebody visiting here has nitpicked a thing I have written as being patriarchial, misogynistic, or elitist.
Now most of the time those are just trolls trying to cause conflict and are easily dismissed, however occasionally it is somebody who really thinks they are identifying a character flaw of mine that needs to be addressed.
But often they are misinterpreting what I said or ignoring the context.
As Obama points out most of us, all of us, are indeed flawed in many ways.
But that does not mean we are not good messengers or that our contribution is somehow tainted.
Remember that the perfect is the enemy of the good.