Appearing on NPR radio, former President Obama said one thing he never believed was “the fever of racism being broken by my election””
Obama said “Here’s one thing I never believed, right, was the fever of racism being broken by my election. That I was pretty clear about.”
He continued “I never subscribed to the: We live in a post-racial era. But I think that what did happen during my presidency was yes, a backlash among some people who felt that somehow, I symbolized the possibility that they or their group were losing status not because of anything I did, but just by virtue of the fact that I didn’t look like all the other presidents previously.”
“But, you know what? You also had a majority of the American people who seemed to say either, it’s a good thing that we’ve broken this barrier, or “I’m just going to judge this guy by whether or not my life’s getting better.” And you had a whole generation of kids who grew up not thinking it was weird or exceptional that the person who occupied the highest office in the land was Black,” he added.