Obama was talking at a convention for his My Brother’s
Keeper initiative in Oakland on Tuesday when he spoke in regards to the significance of
being a very good individual. “All of us have to acknowledge that being a person is first and
foremost being a very good human,” he stated. “Meaning being accountable, working
laborious, being type, respectful, compassionate.”
He added: “The notion that in some way defining your self as a
man depends on, can you put any person else down… in a position to dominate…
that’s an outdated view.”
“Michelle’s husband,” as he referred to himself initially of the occasion, was joined by NBA famous person Steph Curry on the convention. He stated that there must be areas “the place younger males of coloration, and younger males usually, don’t really feel as if to be revered they need to act a sure manner,” in keeping with HuffPost.
“In the event you’re assured about your power, you don’t must
present me by placing any person else down,” stated Obama. “Present me by lifting any person else up.”
Curry and Obama had been joined by round two dozen younger males of coloration, in keeping with HuffPost. Obama additionally spoke in regards to the function racism performs in perpetuating poisonous masculinity.
“Racism traditionally on this society sends a message that
you might be ‘lower than,’” Obama stated. “We really feel now we have to compensate by
exaggerating stereotypical methods males are speculated to act. And that’s a lure.”