The President Picks and Chooses
[guest post by Dana]
All the way from Kuala Lumpur, President Obama has weighed in on the “incredibly offensive statements” made by the owner of the L.A. Clippers, Donald Sterling.
When questioned by the press about the comments, the president remarked,
When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk.
The president appeared more than willing to expound on racism in our country,
“[W]e constantly have to be on guard on racial attitudes that divide us rather than embracing our diversity as a strength.
The United States continues to wrestle with the legacy of race and slavery and segregation, that’s still there, the vestiges of discrimination.
We’ve made enormous strides, but you’re going to continue to see this percolate up every so often. And I think that we just have to be clear and steady in denouncing it, teaching our children differently, but also remaining hopeful that part of why statements like this stand out some much is because there has been this shift in how we view ourselves.
Still no comment from President Obama, in spite of the public outcry, about the noted black female scholar and American citizen whose invitation from a prestigious American university to have an honorary degree bestowed upon her was later reneged by said university.