Barack Obama Takes Aim At White People During Interview About Reparations

CHARLOTTE, NC, USA - JULY 5, 2016: President Barack Obama at ease while he delivers a speech at a campaign rally for the presumptive democratic nominee at the Charlotte Convention Center.

During a recent podcast, former President Barack Obama made some questionably racist comments while talking about reparations, saying that the “politics of white resistance” barred him from giving black people in America reparations.

The comments were made during a podcast interview with host Bruce Springsteen while they were talking about “unity.”

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The Daily Wire reports: “Obama and Springsteen recently launched a podcast together where the pair discuss how to pursue “unity” among Americans and forge friendships across party, class, and racial lines. The podcast is billed as two friends from polar opposite backgrounds coming together — Springsteen from a working-class New Jersey upbringing and Obama from a childhood spent in Hawaii and later, in Chicago — but both Springsteen and Obama are now wealthy Democrats.”

At one point during the podcast, the topic of reparations came up.

“Obama said he believes reparations are ‘justified’ and that ‘there’s not much question that the wealth… the power of this country was built in significant part — not exclusively, maybe not even the majority of it, but a large portion of it — was built on the backs of slaves,’” Fox News reports.

“The former president claimed that a reparations proposal didn’t make its way through the lawmaking process during his presidency due to ‘the politics of White resistance and resentment,’” the outlet added.

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“And what I saw during my presidency was the politics of White resistance and resentment. The talk of ‘welfare queens’ and the talk of the ‘undeserving’ poor. And the backlash against affirmative action,” Obama said during the podcast. “All that made the prospect of actually proposing any kind of coherent, meaningful reparations program struck me as, politically, not only a nonstarter but potentially counterproductive.”

Obama later recognized that his comment was pretty racist which is why he started walking back on part of his comment.

He said it is “perfectly understandable why working-class White folks, middle-class White folks, folks who are having trouble paying the bills or dealing with student loans, wouldn’t be too thrilled” about “a massive program that is designed to deal with the past but isn’t speaking to their future.”

Check out what the Daily Wire reported:

Congress has considered the issue of reparations repeatedly over the course of the last half-century, but generally, the idea of reparations does not get further than a study committee. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) introduced a bill to commission yet another committee to study the possibility of issuing reparations recently and President Joe Biden reportedly backs the effort, though it’s not clear on whether the president would support actual reparations.

Several black leaders questioned Lee’s proposal in Congressional hearings last week, criticizing reparations as “wealth redistribution” and questioning the practicality and fairness of issuing reparations checks, given that the program would necessarily involve recipients demonstrating some genetic proof of a connection to slavery in the United States.

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