Obama got in several “racist jabs” at the American people while speaking to a group of young Asians this week.
During the Q&A session at a Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) town hall in Laos, a young woman from Indonesia asked, since America is such a big country of “different tribe, religion and race… how do you unite them to live peacefully side by side?”
Obama first highlighted the strengths of multiculturalism, and pointed out what an advantage it was for the United States at the Olympics because the U.S. has people over every race, with tall people and short people, so “we have, genetically, for whatever sport, we have people who fit the sport… and that’s a good metaphor for why I think we’ve been very successful,” Obama said.
But then he started in on the “challenges” Americans have. He said they’re racist – especially when the economy is bad and they’re feeling stressed out.
Obama said, “Now, the challenge we have, because we are people from so many different places, is that sometimes we’ve had to deal with racism or conflict between races, ethnic groups, new immigrants. And that especially becomes a problem when the economy is not doing well, and so people feel stressed. And typically, when people feel stressed, they turn on others who don’t look like them.”
He continued on racism… and religion, saying that Americans have to continually remind ourselves that “what makes an American is not your race or your skin color, but what makes an American is a set of beliefs” and that “everybody is free to choose the religion that they practice.”
Obama slammed Americans even more, saying, “America is not perfect. Look, it still has racial discrimination. It still has its own problems. It should worry about its own problems… And I agree with that in the sense that we definitely do still have problems we have to work on. We still have discrimination, we still have situations where women are not treated equally.”
He soon went back to the religion differences, in an obvious reference to concerns Americans have voiced about the influx of Muslim refugees: “We have learned from our own experience that if you don’t respect all people, or you don’t respect all religions but also make sure that no matter how religious you are, you respect other people to have a different idea — we’ve learned that if that doesn’t happen, then we have conflict.”
To drive his point home, Obama pointed out “what’s happening now in the Middle East” and said the “problem is not primarily the West versus Islam.”
He brought up the genocide in Rwanda, and said we have to fight against differences that might rise up, and promote principals over any individual religion, nationality, race.
“Not everybody in America agrees with me on this, by the way. I’ll leave it at that,” Obama finished, after making his impression of America’s “racism” upon the group of young Asians.
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