Obama: ‘Social Attitudes Often Times Take Generations to Change’

‘Hearts must change’

OBAMA: "Hearts must change. They won’t change overnight, social attitudes often times take generations to change but if our democracy is to work the way it should in this increasingly diverse nation, then each one of us need to try to heat the advice of a great character in American fiction. Atticus Finch. Who said, “You never really understand a person until you can see something from his point of view. Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” For blacks and other minority groups, that means tying our own very real struggles for justice to the challenges that a lot of people in this country face. Not only the refugees or the immigrants or the rural poor or the transgender American but also the middle-aged white guy who from the outside, may seem like he’s got advantages, but has seen his world upended by economic and cultural and technological change. We have to pay attention and listen. For white Americans that need acknowledging that the effects of slavery and Jim crow didn’t suddenly vanish in the ‘60s, but one when minority groups voiced discontent, they are not just in reverse racism or political practice, when they wage peaceful protests, they are not demanding special treatment but equal treatment that our founders promised."

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