Barack Obama delivered the 16th Nelson Mandela annual lecture in Johannesburg, South Africa on Tuesday. In this speech, he cautioned against people (SJWs and Liberals) embracing identity politics to try to solve issues in today’s world.
It was a surprising statement since it came from the normally reliably liberal Obama.
He used this opportunity instead to encourage following Nelson Mandela’s example of attempting to understand the perspective of those who are different.
National Review covered the lecture:
“In an address commemorating the 100th anniversary of Mandela’s birth, Obama rejected the tendency, commonly embraced by those on the political fringes, to claim sole authority to speak about a given political issue based on an immutable characteristic such as race or sexual orientation.
“‘We’re able also to get inside the reality of people who are different from us so we can understand their point of view. Maybe we can change their minds but maybe they’ll change ours,’ Obama said. ‘And you can’t do this if you just out of hand disregard what your opponents have to say from the start.’
“‘And you can’t do it if you insist that those who aren’t like you, because they’re white or because they’re male, that somehow there’s no way they can understand what I’m feeling, that somehow they lack the standing to speak on certain matters’ he added.
“The former commander-in-chief then cited the example of Mandela, who was jailed for almost three decades for organizing against apartheid, South Africa’s system of state-sanctioned segregation.
“‘Madiba lived this complexity,’ Obama said, employing Mandela’s clan name. ‘In prison, he studied Afrikaans so that he could better understand the people who were jailing him. And when he got out of prison, he extended a hand to the people who were jailing him because he understood that they had to be a part of the democratic South Africa that he wanted to build.'”
For once, I agree with Obama. Liberals tend to embrace identity politics to try to solve problems, and it leads to the blaming of white males for all of the issues in the world.