As much as I was skeptical when Obama was elected into office in 2008, the one thing I thought his presidency would do was take away excuses, and bring blacks into mainstream America. Much of what he has done instead for the last five years was try the divide and conquer method between the genders and races instead. Finally after five years he says something constructive.
And I think that one of the things — this is true not just for Native Americans, but it’s also true for African Americans. Sometimes African Americans, in communities where I’ve worked, there’s been the notion of “acting white” — which sometimes is overstated, but there’s an element of truth to it, where, okay, if boys are reading too much, then, well, why are you doing that? Or why are you speaking so properly?
And 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. (Applause.) Because there are a whole bunch of different ways for African American men to be authentic.
Now send this memo down to your useful idiots Al and Jesse and maybe we can all start working together rebuilding this mess you created, Mr. President.