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Keith Boykin @keithboykin
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President Obama in South Africa: We're living in "strange and uncertain times" with "each day's news cycles bringing more head-spinning and disturbing headlines."
President Obama in South Africa: “It is a plain fact that racial discrimination still exists in both the United States and South Africa."
President Obama in South Africa: "There has been an explosion in economic inequality. A few dozen individuals control the same amount of wealth as the poorest half of humanity.” (Video via @andrewkimmel of BuzzFeed)
President Obama in South Africa: "Look around: strongman politics are ascendant...whereby elections and some pretense of democracy are maintained...but those in power seek to undermine every institution or norm that gives democracy meaning."
President Obama in South Africa: “Right now I’m actually surprised by how much money I got...[but] there’s only so much you can eat, there’s only so big a house you can have, there’s only so many nice trips you can take.”
President Obama in South Africa: If you doubt the value of our diversity, “just ask the French football team that just won the World Cup, because not all of those folks looked like Gauls to me. But they're French!”
President Obama in South Africa: “You have to believe in facts. If I say this is a podium and you say this is an elephant, it’s going to be hard for us to cooperate.”
President Obama in South Africa : "Too much of politics today seems to reject the very concept of objective truth. People just make stuff up...we see the utter loss of shame among political leaders where they're caught in a lie and they just double down."
President Obama concludes remarks in South Africa: "Madiba reminds us that no one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin...People must learn to hate. And if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.”
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