Obama Gets Slammed For Telling Black Kids to Lose Gold Chains and Avoid Twerking (Video)

Obama Gets Slammed For Telling Black Kids to Lose Gold Chains and Avoid Twerking (Video)

Obama’s inspirational words didn’t go over so well.

Speaking at an event in Oakland, California on Tuesday, Barack Obama spoke to black youth about self-confidence and how they portray themselves. He told the young men if they were confident in their financial situation they would not wear big gold chains around their necks. As for their sexuality, he advised they drop all the women, avoid twerking, and find a strong woman like his wife, former First Lady Michelle Obama.

“If you are really confident about your financial situation, you’re probably not going to be wearing an 8-pound chain around your neck,” Obama reportedly told the group.

“If you’re very confident about your sexuality, you don’t have to have eight women around you twerking,” he added.

But his inspirational words didn’t go over well.

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“We live in a culture where our worth is measured by how much money we have and how famous we are,” he told the audience. “I will tell you, at the end of the day, the thing that will give you confidence is not that. I know a lot of rich people that are all messed up.”

“If you are really confident about your financial situation, you’re probably not going to be wearing an eight-pound chain around your neck. If you’re very confident about your sexuality, you don’t have to have eight women around you twerking,” Obama said, jibing the ideal of success often promoted by hip-hop culture.

The social justice crowd, however, took Obama’s remarks not as trying to lift up the youth, but rather picking on them for dreaming of emulating their hip-hop idols.

“This does strike me as a Cosby-esque jab at poor Black men w/ aspirations of attaining wealth,”wrote filmmaker and activist Bree Newsome, referencing disgraced entertainer Bill Cosby’s 2004 call for young black men to “pull your pants up” and fix their communities.

Curiously, the offended Twitter mob seemed to have missed Obama’s assertion later in his speech that “Some communities need more police, not fewer police,” a statement apparently critical of the Black Lives Matter movement.

While a passing reference, Obama’s defense of good old-fashioned law and order is a change of tone for the former president, who invited BLM leadership to the White House in 2016, RT reported.


 

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