Some of you reading this will find it difficult to come up with a moment when you agreed with former President Barack Obama, but look no further.
“Woke” culture could be summed up in the following bullet points:
Call out people who do something you disagree with on social media
That’s it. There is no other action needed.
Yes, kids today think that “activism” means typing on your phone, and piling up the “likes”, but activism takes ACTION. That’s exactly what Obama said during the Obama Foundation Summit.
“I do get a sense sometimes now among certain young people, and this is accelerated by social media, that the way of me making change is to be as judgmental as possible about other people and that’s enough,” he said. “That is not activism, that is not bringing about change. The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws.”
What exactly is he referring to?
Social media is fun for most people. They post pictures of their kids, and their food, and a bunch of other things nobody really cares about, but we like to have a good time. Social media is also a cesspool for people to bitch about their problems without having to actually do anything to fix them.
Research has shown that people get hit with dopamine when they see “comments” or “likes” or “retweets” on their posts. When someone isn’t sharing cool pictures of their lives, they are sharing their opinions. A lot of the time, people share their opinions for the sole purpose of getting an “atta boy”, or a “YES, I AGREE!!”, and that’s it.
They don’t volunteer. They don’t give to charity. They don’t start fundraisers. Hell, they don’t even take the time to put together a blog with the purpose of mobilizing a conservative movement (which does take some effort, let me tell ya). They post to social media, and think they are helping.
Barack Obama wants them to know, they aren’t helping, at all.
“This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re always politically woke and all that stuff — you should get over that quickly,” he said. “Like if I tweet or hashtag about how you didn’t do something right, or used the wrong verb, then I can sit back and feel pretty good about myself because: ‘Man, did you see how woke I was? I called you out… That’s not activism.”
“If all you’re doing is casting stones, you are probably not going to get that far.”
Folks in the comments undoubtedly are going to say things like:
“Oh yeah? This started with you!” “Why did you do (insert anything he did you dislike) then, HUH?!”
You’re going to see a lot of variations of those posts, but we really should give Obama credit for his message. He’s 100% correct, and it doesn’t matter what side you’re on because it’s applicable to everyone.
You don’t get very far when all you do is hurl insults, and tear someone down. Give your time and energy to making the world a better place. Clean up your local park. Help out at a food shelter. Volunteer at a school to help kids who need homework assistance. There’s so many things we can ACTUALLY do that help. Hopefully his message doesn’t fall on deaf ears. Just this message, though.