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First lady Michelle Obama is encouraging students to monitor their older relatives, friends and co-workers for any racially insensitive comments they might make, and to challenge those comments whenever they’re made.
The first lady spoke on Friday to graduating high school students in Topeka, Kansas, and in remarks released over the weekend, Obama said students need to police family and friends because federal laws can only go so far in stopping racism.
originally posted by: Greven
a reply to: snarky412
Since you provided no link for this, a search found an article on The Blaze with a paragraph from that quote. That article links to this White House press release, so there's no paraphrasing involved.
I have not read the remarks yet; only providing them as a reference.
students need to police family and friends
So, graduates, the truth is that Brown vs. Board of Ed. isn’t just about our history, it’s about our future. Because while that case was handed down 60 years ago, Brown is still being decided every single day –- not just in our courts and schools, but in how we live our lives.
Now, our laws may no longer separate us based on our skin color, but nothing in the Constitution says we have to eat together in the lunchroom, or live together in the same neighborhoods. There’s no court case against believing in stereotypes or thinking that certain kinds of hateful jokes or comments are funny.
So the answers to many of our challenges today can’t necessarily be found in our laws. These changes also need to take place in our hearts and in our minds. (Applause.) And so, graduates, it’s up to all of you to lead the way, to drag my generation and your grandparents’ generation along with you.
And that’s really my challenge to all of you today. As you go forth, when you encounter folks who still hold the old prejudices because they’ve only been around folks like themselves, when you meet folks who think they know all the answers because they’ve never heard any other viewpoints, it’s up to you to help them see things differently.
And the good news is that you probably won’t have to bring a lawsuit or go all the way to the Supreme Court to do that. You all can make a difference every day in your own lives simply by teaching others the lessons you’ve learned here in Topeka.
Maybe that starts simply in your own family, when grandpa tells that off-colored joke at Thanksgiving, or you’ve got an aunt talks about “those people.” Well, you can politely inform them that they’re talking about your friends. (Applause.)
Or maybe it’s when you go off to college and you decide to join a sorority or fraternity, and you ask the question, how can we get more diversity in our next pledge class? Or maybe it’s years from now, when you’re on the job and you’re the one who asks, do we really have all the voices and viewpoints we need at this table? Maybe it’s when you have kids of your own one day, and you go to your school board meeting and insist on integrating your children’s schools and giving them the resources they need.
But no matter what you do, the point is to never be afraid to talk about these issues, particularly the issue of race. Because even today, we still struggle to do that. Because this issue is so sensitive, is so complicated, so bound up with a painful history. And we need your generation to help us break through. We need all of you to ask the hard questions and have the honest conversations, because that is the only way we will heal the wounds of the past and move forward to a better future. (Applause.)
[Maybe that starts simply in your own family, when grandpa tells that off-colored joke at Thanksgiving, or you’ve got an aunt talks about “those people.” Well, you can politely inform them that they’re talking about your friends.
isnt that what dictators and statism is all about? Common people policing other common people for the state´s greater hold over a populace? Where did these people come from? Communist Cuba circa the 1960s where your neighbor would tell your local official snitch about the extra food rations you "stole" from the state?
The hell is wrong with these people?
This presidency is the most dividing and discordious leadership we ever had. If we dont all kill each other before the Obamas are out of office we deserve "I survived" T shirts. -
originally posted by: BO XIAN
a reply to: xuenchen
They are about as progressive as black is white.
REgressed all the way back to Babylon. . . . racing toward the same satan worship and overt child sacrifice.
originally posted by: Zanti Misfit
a reply to: snarky412
What is this , the Year of the Rat ? See Something , say Something . Hitler , Stalin , and Mao would be Proud of the First Misguided Lady Indeed.........
Maybe that starts simply in your own family, when grandpa tells that off-colored joke at Thanksgiving, or you’ve got an aunt talks about “those people.”