Former US President Barack Obama is not only one of the most influential leaders of our time, but also one of the most well-respected. And recently, at the Obama Foundation Summit, he just gave the world another reason to love and respect him.
During a speech, he called out the 'woke cancel culture' prevalent on social media and shared that expecting people to be infallible is unjustified.
This idea of purity, and you’re never compromised, and you’re politically woke, and all that stuff — you should get over that quickly.
He also talked about how, what the youth of today considers activism, is actually just a form of 'casting stones'.
Twitter was quick to support his statements and appreciate his logical reasoning in calling out the 'cancel' culture:
WATCH: "The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws."— Niamh Fitzpatrick (@NFitzPsychology) October 30, 2019
Wise words from former President Barack Obama on the cancel culture vibe.
It's so important to remember that we can be good people AND we can make mistakes.#WeAreHumanAfterAll 🌺 https://t.co/PQFGXiAkiM
Barack Obama calling out “cancel culture” as the bs it really is, fake woke activism. pic.twitter.com/zLnflhtSM0— Ivan (@IvanKingOfScots) October 31, 2019
Obama on people being overly judgmental: "That's not activism. That's not bringing about change. if all you're doing is casting stones, you're probably not going to get that far. That's easy to do." As usual, he is spot on accurate. https://t.co/axlKo7xDxd— John Delaney (@JohnDelaney) October 30, 2019
"There's this sense that the way of me making change is to be as judgmental as possible...and that's enough. That's not activism. That's not bringing about change. If all youre doing is casting stones, youre probably not going to get that far -#BarackObama https://t.co/JvPbwXwt8f— Lauren Modery (@Hipstercrite) October 30, 2019
Barack Obama sums up more perfectly here in two minutes than I could in two hours my exact views on the dangers of cancel culture and performative wokeness. https://t.co/OR3B29uqm5— Hugh Smithson-Wright (@HRWright) October 30, 2019
You can watch the complete speech here:
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