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Obama: No Ďauthenticí way to be black
The Hill's Briefing Room ^ | July 21, 2014 | Justin Sink

Posted on 07/21/2014 11:48:38 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The notion that black men need to act, dress or speak in a certain way to be “authentic” is something that "has to go," President Obama said Monday at an event promoting his initiative to aid young men of color.

"The notion that there’s some authentic way of being black, that if you’re going to be black you have to act a certain way and wear a certain kind of clothes, … that has to go, because there are a whole bunch of different ways for African-American men to be authentic," Obama said.

"You don’t have to act a certain way to be authentic," Obama added. "You just have to be who you are and to go back to the values that you care about. Are you kind? Are you responsible? Do you work hard?"

The president also said that black men could be taunted for reading too much or speaking properly. He pointed to the first lady, noting his wife had grown up on the South Side of Chicago in "a neighborhood where gunshots go off."

"It can be rough where Michelle grew up, but she’ll talk proper when she needs to," Obama said. "You also don’t want to get on her wrong side because she can translate that into a different vernacular."

The president added that unfortunately black men were sometimes only presented NBA players and rappers as role models, and that he hoped his initiative could show them how they could succeed in careers like graphic design, engineering or the law.

"Part of the goal of My Brother’s Keeper is to expose you to more things so that you don’t think that the only thing you can be passionate about is what you’re seeing on TV," Obama said.

And the president said it was important to both know one's own culture and "be a part of this larger world."

"There’s some cultures, frankly, who have done this better than others," Obama said, pointing to Jewish Americans and Asian Americans who had retained a sense of their histories but also demonstrated academic accomplishments.

"I think this is something that we have to spend some time thinking about, making sure that, we understand there’s a way of knowing your history, knowing your culture, being proud of it, using it as a strength but not thinking that there is just one way of you then having to act," Obama said.

The president made the remarks during a town hall discussion to promote his "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, which is designed to provide a boost to young men of color through mentoring programs and academic aid.

On Monday, Obama announced that the NBA, in coordination with its players association, will launch a five-year effort designed to connect 25,000 mentors with young men of color. The league will work with at-risk students to improve attendance and performance at schools, and current and former players will participate in after school workshops designed to help vulnerable children. NBA Players Association President and Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul joined Obama at the event.

Separately, AT&T announced that it would pledge $18 million this year to support mentoring programs. And the Emerson Collective, a nonprofit organization founded by the widow of Steve Jobs, has committed $50 million for a competition to find and develop the designs for next-generation high schools.

"I always say that I see myself in the young men who are coming up now," Obama said. "When I was in my teens, I didn’t have a father in the house. I took me a while to realize that I was angry about that.”

The president said he grew up in "a pretty forgiving environment," unlike some young men today.

"Some of the costs of making mistakes, they weren’t deadly," Obama said. "I wasn’t going to end up shot. I wasn’t going to end up in jail."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: blacks; education; mybrotherskeeper; obama
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The world is aflame, the border is non-existent, the economy is on the skids, we're about to have a health crisis from all these illegals and this is what he wants to talk about?
1 posted on 07/21/2014 11:48:38 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s race-obsessed and always has been


2 posted on 07/21/2014 11:49:47 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Get rid of "birthright citizenship" Out of room . . . no mas)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Every time I see, hear or read obama I can’t help but wonder what ever happened to good old fashion black on black violent crime.


3 posted on 07/21/2014 11:51:18 AM PDT by The_Republic_Of_Maine (Be kept informed on Maine's secession, sign up at freemaine@hushmail.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We are all Africans.


4 posted on 07/21/2014 11:52:03 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

One of the first things you could do to be authentic is to stop talking about the authentic way to be black.


5 posted on 07/21/2014 11:52:06 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The man who damns money obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it earned it." --Ayn Rand)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Obama: No ‘authentic’ way to be black

He should know. His haircut and the makeup he puts on his whole head and neck, hands, and arms PROVES he is not authenic.
6 posted on 07/21/2014 11:52:44 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“a neighborhood where gunshots go off.”

What an odd turn of phrase — Hussein is a seriously creepy person.


7 posted on 07/21/2014 11:52:54 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

But, judging by black conservatives reception at the NAACP convention, they still have to be communists to be “authentic”.


8 posted on 07/21/2014 11:53:32 AM PDT by thorvaldr
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Michelle will talk proper when she needs to?, what the heck is he talking about?


9 posted on 07/21/2014 11:53:39 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“The President said he grew up in “a pretty PRIVILEGED and WHITE environment,” unlike some Black young men today.

There “fixed “ it


10 posted on 07/21/2014 11:55:10 AM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

his race requirements & policies are the same as Idi Amin’s.


11 posted on 07/21/2014 11:55:30 AM PDT by liberty or death
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"It can be rough where Michelle grew up, but she’ll talk proper when she needs to," Obama said. "You also don’t want to get on her wrong side because she can translate that into a different vernacular."

I dunno. If it wasn't coming out of Barry's mouth, that quote sounds pretty bigoted to me.

12 posted on 07/21/2014 11:55:49 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obunghole is a fake with zero black American roots. His Kenyan daddy wasn’t even an immigrant, he was just passing through

Eric Holder is also a fake with zero slave blood, His grandparents immigrated from Barbados (where they were part of the mulatto elite) circa 1910 and same for his wife’s. His wife has straight hair and is very light skin http://www.blackvibes.com/services/ms/7991-us-attorney-general-e/


13 posted on 07/21/2014 11:58:38 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ll agree with Obama’s statements to this degree: The pressure of the “hood” to conform is literally killing black America and condemns them to a future of poverty.


14 posted on 07/21/2014 11:59:40 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I like his classic Nation of Islam black suit attire he’s usually wearing. He blends in with CAIR members quite transparently when they visit him .


15 posted on 07/21/2014 12:00:39 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"It can be rough where Michelle grew up, but she’ll talk proper when she needs to," Obama said. "You also don’t want to get on her wrong side because she can translate that into a different vernacular."

I  bet nobody knows like Barry what The Beast is like when he gets on her wrong side. I bet she goes vernacular on his skinny azz like nobody's business.


16 posted on 07/21/2014 12:01:34 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
AUTHENTIC SOUL BRO.


17 posted on 07/21/2014 12:01:41 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is a black conservative authentic?


18 posted on 07/21/2014 12:01:45 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They only have to be leftist and vote Democrat to be an authentic black person, I guess


19 posted on 07/21/2014 12:02:27 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not for him, anyway. Half white, raised by his white grandparents, given expensive education only available to the highest elite, and then elected the first affirmative-action President. There’s not one thing “authentic” about Obama.


20 posted on 07/21/2014 12:03:57 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m a typical white person. And I submit I know more about African American males than does Obammaie. What would HE know?

His mother was white. His white grandparents raised him. In a condo in Hawaii. Except for a few years when he lived as a muslim boy in Indonesia. In short - Obammie has never lived the typical African American experience.


21 posted on 07/21/2014 12:06:09 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: JimSEA
I’ll agree with Obama’s statements to this degree: The pressure of the “hood” to conform is literally killing black America and condemns them to a future of poverty.

Totally concur.

22 posted on 07/21/2014 12:06:15 PM PDT by onona (I’ve pretty much given up on sanity returning.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

Can an Elected Politician Democrat Black Man act like an authentic American, or will the Democrat Party always come before Country?


23 posted on 07/21/2014 12:07:40 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

24 posted on 07/21/2014 12:07:46 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (The GOP-e scum enlisted Democrats to steal the Republican primary. The GOP-e can go to Hell.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"When I was in my teens, I didn’t have a father in the house..."

Wasn't his 'nanny' a 'male' ?


25 posted on 07/21/2014 12:08:25 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

...as long as you vote reliably Democrat. Black Republicans may be called any name you like.


26 posted on 07/21/2014 12:09:16 PM PDT by denydenydeny ("World History is not full of good governments, or of good voters either "--P.J. O'Rourke)
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‘The notion that black men need to act, dress or speak in a certain way to be “authentic” is something that “has to go,” President Obama said Monday at an event promoting his initiative to aid young men of color.’

Thats a lie. As far as liberals are concerned you cant be black and conservative. Staying on the liberal plantation is the only way to be ‘authentic’.


27 posted on 07/21/2014 12:09:44 PM PDT by 556x45
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To: A_Former_Democrat

And this is why, and absolutely no racism is intended, that most black leaders are not ready to lead this nation and the population as an entirety.. They do not have the ability to move beyond the color of their own skin. Sadly, they hold contempt for not only the whites but more importantly the country itself. Their decision making is hampered by partiality for their race and a need to get even.


28 posted on 07/21/2014 12:10:11 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

The very idea that one’s role models ought to share one’s race is, and ought to be, repulsive.


29 posted on 07/21/2014 12:10:26 PM PDT by NCLaw441
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"The notion that there’s some authentic way of being black, that if you’re going to be black you have to act a certain way and wear a certain kind of clothes, … that has to go, because there are a whole bunch of different ways for African-American men to be authentic," Obama said.

Justice Clarence Thomas, Colonel Allen West, Herman Cain, Dr. Thomas Sowell, and Walter Williams would probably have been available for comment had they been invited.

30 posted on 07/21/2014 12:11:18 PM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Did he mention that you don’t have to vote Democrat?


31 posted on 07/21/2014 12:12:15 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Throne and Altar! [In Jerusalem!!!])
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To: Zionist Conspirator

32 posted on 07/21/2014 12:13:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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It can be rough where Michelle grew up, but she’ll talk proper when she needs to..

He, however, can/does not.

33 posted on 07/21/2014 12:13:50 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

That is a very funny movie.


34 posted on 07/21/2014 12:14:39 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Can a black man be a conservative and still be authentic Mr. President? Care to address that?


35 posted on 07/21/2014 12:15:49 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In other words, Obama says black people don't need to act like uneducated fools just because they're black.

Can't say I disagree. The sad part is that it really does need to be said in our present society. One thing that has to be done in this country is break the paradigm that blacks have to stay on the plantation. The surprising part is that Obama actually said that.

36 posted on 07/21/2014 12:41:42 PM PDT by MRadtke (Light a candle or curse the darkness?)
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To: Toespi
Pastor Manning - Black Folks Can't Run Anything
37 posted on 07/21/2014 12:43:20 PM PDT by ChicagahAl (Don't blame me. I voted for Sarah.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sure there is. Go back to the areas in which your tribe lived. The capture members of neighboring tribes and sell them into slavery.


38 posted on 07/21/2014 12:45:10 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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I wonder if Obama has heeded the illustrious words of Bo Snerdly, whose ancestral slave blood renders him "certified black enough to criticize President Obama."


39 posted on 07/21/2014 12:56:27 PM PDT by GOP Congress
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Interesting that he admits other ethnic cultures have been able to make it in America (Asian, Jewish). Sadly, this will be just another money pit where grants will be made to cronies for phony programs where no positive results for the target population will ever need to be demonstrated.


40 posted on 07/21/2014 12:56:27 PM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: dennisw
Yeah, I grew up in a very middle class, working part Los Angeles - gunshots "going off" there quite frequently. WTF ?

. Obama's not even an American - he grew up on the beach in Hawaii. His mom was the white slut all the brothers passed around at CPUSA meetings. He don't- know who his daddy is - guaranteed

41 posted on 07/21/2014 1:10:15 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"It can be rough where Michelle grew up, but she’ll talk proper when she needs to," Obama said.

uhhhh.....do I REALLY need to comment?


42 posted on 07/21/2014 1:14:58 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

bump


43 posted on 07/21/2014 1:17:51 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Actually, to be “authentic”, black people have to dress for their economic class. And this simple idea rattles many black people down to their shoes.

Right now, one of the biggest heartburns of the black middle class is that no one lets them ‘escape’ from association with poor blacks. After becoming financially prosperous, with a reasonably good education including graduate degrees, they are still ‘slapped down’ by being compared to and equated with poor blacks who are generally worthless and even criminal. It happens a LOT in the media.

This would bug the heck out of anybody. “Congratulations on your Engineering degree, now back to the ‘hood with you to get your food stamps, to the soundtrack of gangster rap music.”

Imagine a white person who had worked hard to get a good degree, only to be compared to people of low character and education who live in grungy trailers and smoked methamphetamine. “You are no different than they are.”

So when you see a black person who is dressed middle class, who speaks good English, has a good education and wants to better themselves, realize that they likely have smoldering resentment to being patronized (often by liberals), who treat them as if they are gang bangers.

They don’t want to be “authentically” black. They want to be “authentically” middle class.


44 posted on 07/21/2014 1:27:14 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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"The notion that there’s some authentic way of being black, that if you’re going to be black you have to act a certain way and wear a certain kind of clothes, … that has to go, because there are a whole bunch of different ways for African-American men to be authentic," Obama said.

"You don’t have to act a certain way to be authentic," Obama added. "You just have to be who you are and to go back to the values that you care about. Are you kind?

*****Insert Picture of Barry and Reggie on the beach.*****

45 posted on 07/21/2014 1:34:04 PM PDT by VRWCarea51 (The original 1998 version)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Barack the Magic Negro - Paul Shanklin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N08ZIsSPKuo


46 posted on 07/21/2014 1:44:42 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

A real soul man!
47 posted on 07/21/2014 1:45:43 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Toespi

100% spot on


48 posted on 07/21/2014 1:46:06 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Get rid of "birthright citizenship" Out of room . . . no mas)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The world is aflame, the border is non-existent, the economy is on the skids, we're about to have a health crisis from all these illegals and this is what he wants to talk about?

That, and companies not discriminating against turd burglars.

49 posted on 07/21/2014 1:46:39 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"a neighborhood where gunshots go off."

That's why liberals want to ban guns instead of locking up criminals who use guns. Their guns just "go off". The obvious solution is to ban liberal guns. My guns only go off when I pull the trigger.

50 posted on 07/21/2014 5:21:53 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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