First Lady Michelle Obama Saturday counseled graduating seniors in Topeka, Kansas to tell their closest relatives to put a sock in it if they hear something they don’t like.
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 . . .
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)
That’s the problem with big government liberals like Michelle. Ultimately, they think your business is their business.
And so they make policies that reflect this. They want to run your healthcare, decide what type of moral principles you must support, and so forth. And it won’t be long before they’ll tell you what grandpa can say to you over checkers.
If my grandpa is a foaming at the mouth racist – he wasn’t, but if he were – it’s a problem for me, but it’s actually none of Michelle’s damn business.
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.)
Sounds more like Michelle is intent on keeping the wounds of the past open.
There is racism today. There is much less racism than there used to be. This country has come a long way.
What’s holding African Americans down today is not racism. It is the disfunction in the black community created by years of programs designed by elitist liberals like Mrs. Obama
Almost three quarters of all black children are born out of wedlock. Half of all blacks live in households receiving means-tested benefits. Those are tragedies. And they have nothing to do with racism, and everything to do with the replacement of the family by the government.
What minority communities need is conservative policies that open up opportunities for everyone, and a rollback of government programs that keep people tethered to the nanny state.
And what we need less of is heightened scrutiny of fading racism, which only serves to divide us. Oh, and to get the Democratic base to the polls on Election Day.
H/T The Blaze.