People Are In A Tizzy About This. I Say, It’s About Time

Thank you Mr. President.

Barack Obama is the only person I know who could take on the excesses of “wokeness” and get people to rethink where this daily outrage and trial by hashtag is heading.

“This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re politically woke, and all that stuff — you should get over that quickly. The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws.”

Barack Obama
let me just take this moment to also get in a rant about cultural appropriation as it relates to food, clothes and personal appearance

Accusing people of cultural appropriation for cooking food from another culture, e.g., Indian or Italian food if you weren’t born in those countries is just beyond me. By that reasoning, I am only allowed to cook and eat German food. It’s actually made me wonder if I’m allowed to buy avocados. Or if I’m unintentionally offending somebody when I order guacamole?

Likewise for fashion and hair and beauty. Are we going to have to be DNA-tested before we are allowed to dye our hair blonde? What about specific articles of clothes? Do you have to be American-born to wear Levi’s jeans? What about a guayabera shirt? Or a beret? Or a caftan?

The message seems to be that we better all just stay in our lanes lest our “woke” overlords come after us. Apparently, they set the rules and only they have the right to judge what any one of us can eat, wear, say or do.

Judging by this interview, Barack Obama seems to be just as annoyed and irked by it as I am. I’m optimistic the tide will turn and at least some people will rethink their “purer than thou” notions.

And finally, watching him speak yesterday really made me miss having this man in the White House☹️ And it made me wonder anew how we got from there to where we are today.

Link here to more of the BBC coverage of the Obama Foundation event from Chicago.

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