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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 06:45

Obama Calls on White Americans to Acknowledge ‘the Effects of Slavery and Jim Crow Didn’t Suddenly Vanish in the ’60s

Written by  Steve Watson

Tuesday in his farewell address from Chicago, President Barack Obama suggested that to improve upon our democracy, people should consider things from the point of views of other ethnic groups, which he included black and other minorities considering the perspective of the middle-aged white man and white Americans to acknowledge the effects of slavery and Jim Crow didn’t “vanish in the ’60s.

Partial transcript as follows:

Going forward, we must uphold laws against discrimination – in hiring, in housing, in education and the criminal justice system. That’s what our Constitution and highest ideals require. But laws alone won’t be enough. Hearts must change. If our democracy is to work in this increasingly diverse nation, each one of us must try to heed the advice of one of the great characters in American fiction, Atticus Finch, who said “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

For blacks and other minorities, it means tying our own struggles for justice to the challenges that a lot of people in this country face – the refugee, the immigrant, the rural poor, the transgender American, and also the middle-aged white man who from the outside may seem like he’s got all the advantages, but who’s seen his world upended by economic, cultural, and technological change.

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You put us down again, seems everyone who is violent and radical are blaming "white" Americans. Open borders, drugs, plantation cities created by democrats for yrs. for votes. Last 8 yrs you have encourged violance w" kill pigs", only black lives matter, I believe you have put is back 60 yrs.

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