Former President, Barack Obama, has spoken out against cancel culture and why it's so damaging...
Obama feels the media is profiting off the "fear and resentment" among white people toward a "changing America," using critical race theory as an example.
He told Anderson Cooper on Monday that many problems our country faces with race are down to the fact people haven't "fully reconciled with our history."
He said it was "hard for the majority" of white Americans "to recognize you can be proud of this country and its traditions and its history and our forefathers and yet, it is also true that this terrible stuff happened."
"The vestiges of that linger and continue," Obama continued.
He said that his political opponents would often "not only block that story but try to exploit it for their own political gain."
"I also think that there are certain right-wing media venues … that monetize and capitalize on stoking the fear and resentment of a White population that is witnessing a changing America and seeing demographic changes," he said.
They "do everything they can to give people a sense that their way of life is threatened and that people are trying to take advantage of them.
"And you're seeing it right now," he said during the CNN special.
The former president claimed "siloing of the media" — "so you don't have just Walter Cronkite delivering the news, but you have 1,000 different venues" — has "contributed to that sense that we don't have anything in common."
He also blasted Republicans for ignoring major issues such as the economy and climate change, suggesting that "the biggest single most important issue … right now is critical race theory.
"Who knew that was the threat to our republic?" he chuckled.
Critical race theory suggests there is a constant power struggle between races that often focuses on "white privilege."
Obama said that his daughters told him how "sometimes among their peer group or in college campuses you'll see folks going overboard.
"We don't expect everybody to be politically correct all the time. But we are going to call out institutions or individuals if they are being cruel if they are, you know, discriminating against people," he said.
Obama also said seeing his daughters take part in the BLM protests last year gave him a "great source of optimism."
"When people talk about … how do I think about my legacy, you know, part of it is the kids who were raised during the eight years that I was president.
"There are a bunch of basic assumptions they make about what the country can and should be that I think are still sticking. They still believe it. And they're willing to work for it.
"That's among not just my daughters, but among their white friends," he said.
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