On a daily basis, one can read the far right Trumpistas and President Spanky himself slandering President Obama and his legacy. The most recent is the lie that President Obama never spoke to African-American students and never encouraged them to be the best they can be.
Below is an excerpt from a speech he gave at Morehouse College, proving that the Trumpistas are lying propagandists who know nothing except how to spread fabrications to sully a good and decent man's reputation for political gain. However, the record is out there and the truth will always prevail.
But facts don't dissuade wingnuts from spreading lies and disinformation. Here's just one sorry example:
So sad that Obama never worked with minority kids, never warned them of what happens when you do drugs, when you don’t do well in school, when you create a whole new generation without fathers…………not once.
To set the record straight, here are the facts:
May 2013, President Obama addressed Morehouse College's graduating class, and said this:
"We know that too many young men in our community continue to make bad choices. Growing up, I made a few myself. And I have to confess, sometimes I wrote off my own failings as just another example of the world trying to keep a black man down. But one of the things you've learned over the last four years is that there's no longer any room for excuses. I understand that there's a common fraternity creed here at Morehouse:
"Excuses are tools of the incompetent, used to build bridges to nowhere and monuments of nothingness."
We've got no time for excuses—not because the bitter legacies of slavery and segregation have vanished entirely; they haven't. Not because racism and discrimination no longer exist; that's still out there. It's just that in today's hyper-connected, hyper-competitive world, with a billion young people from China and India and Brazil entering the global workforce alongside you, nobody is going to give you anything you haven't earned. And whatever hardships you may experience because of your race, they pale in comparison to the hardships previous generations endured—and overcame."
The idea that a POTUS -- our first bi-racial POTUS -- should have "worked with minority kids" is ludicrous, since that is NOT the job of a sitting president. Mr. Obama was the president of ALL Americans. On more than one occasion, he spoke to young Americans -- all Americans -- and encouraged them to be good, caring, productive citizens.
Here he speaks to British youth and American exchange students in London:
"Barack Obama has urged young people to reject pessimism and interact with those who have different beliefs if they want to make changes in the world. On the final day of his last visit to Britain as US president, Obama told 500 youth leaders at a town hall meeting in London: “I’m here to ask you to reject the notion there are forces we can’t control. As JFK said, our problems are manmade and can be solved by man.”
'You’ve never had better tools to make a difference,' he told the A-level and UK-US exchange students at the Q&A session. 'Reject pessimism, cynicism and know that progress is possible. Progress is not inevitable, it requires struggle, discipline and faith.' ”
The preposterous idea that Mr. Obama should have undertaken the task of "working with minority kids" goes right to the heart of white America's paternalistic idea of how the Black community should behave -- as though a bi-racial president somehow must take on the responsibility of correcting all problems in the African-American community because he himself is part African-American.
Do those same concern trolls expect Trump to solve the opioid crisis by personally working with the white community that is the majority of opioid users? Of course not. They don't think that way with respect to problems with young white kids, or anyone in the white community.
The Trumpista quoted above believes it is a bi-racial president's job to "work with minority kids." All minority kids? Or just African-American kids? The Trumpista doesn't explain. But that's expecting too much introspection from a someone who has been fed slogans and meaningless promises from the current disaster living in the White House.
For another example, here's Mrs. Obama talking to Bowie State graduating class in 2013:
"But today, more than 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, more than 50 years after the end of "separate but equal," when it comes to getting an education, too many of our young people just can't be bothered. Today, instead of walking miles every day to school, they're sitting on couches for hours playing video games, watching TV. Instead of dreaming of being a teacher or a lawyer or a business leader, they're fantasizing about being a baller or a rapper."
"If the school in your neighborhood isn't any good, don't just accept it. Get in there, fix it. Talk to the parents. Talk to the teachers. Get business and community leaders involved as well, because we all have a stake in building schools worthy of our children's promise. ...
And as my husband has said often, please stand up and reject the slander that says a black child with a book is trying to act white. Reject that."
And here's Peniel E. Joseph, professor of history at the University of Texas, Austin, speaking about President Obama's presidency and impact on the African-American community:
"The Obamas will be missed by millions – but no one will miss them more than black Americans.
Black America’s conception of ourselves was forever changed by Barack Obama’s presidency. For African Americans, the first family helped to unlock the transformational potential that always existed in democracy’s beating heart, but which too often excluded black Americans.
Today, that is no longer the case. Barack and Michelle Obama changed how black folks thought of themselves and the wider nation they lived in. Obama’s attainment of the nation’s highest office illuminated the depth and breadth of black genius in American society, helping to inspire millions of young people to dream bigger dreams.
For black America, the euphoria of election day in 2008 did not elicit post-racial fantasies articulated by the mainstream press. Instead, the presence of the Obamas on the world stage confirmed deep-seated truths about black excellence, love and humanity that we’ve always taken for granted despite white denial of these very truths. Barack and Michelle Obama, along with their intelligent and energetic daughters, Sasha and Malia, set a new standard for American society, normalizing the once unthinkable prospect of having a black president and first family in the White House.
Together, they broke powerful barriers installed by the nation’s brutal history of slavery, Jim Crow and institutional racism."
I'm sick of the daily efforts on the right and by the Liar-in-Chief to diminish and obliterate President Obama's legacy. It won't work, of course, because they are a dishonest minority, and their lies and slanders will not prevail.
To their every lie and slander, we will counter with the truth.