A Democrat who likes to reminisce about his time as president appeared to contradict his earlier position on anti-police riots across the nation.
Barack Obama has been caught reversing his official position on extreme anarchist protesters who rioted, looted, and vandalized businesses, historical monuments, and places of worship.
After years of directing the White House to prevent African Americans from receiving any financial compensation, Obama now suggested he had no moral issue with rioters shoplifting in the name of racial equality.
“So if you ask me theoretically, ‘Are reparations justified?’ The answer is yes,” he said in a Spotify podcast. “There’s not much question, right—that the wealth of this country, the power of this country, was built in significant part, not exclusively maybe not the even majority of it but a large portion of it was built on the backs of slaves.”
Obama blamed white representatives for preventing his administration from passing any reparations legislation through Congress.
“What I saw during my presidency was that the politics of white resistance and resentment,” he said. “The talk of welfare queens and the talk of the undeserving poor … [that] struck me as politically, not only a nonstarter but potentially counterproductive.”
Obama then accused the white community of not showing enough interest in the past and focusing too much on the future.
“[They] would not be thrilled with the idea of a massive program that is designed to deal with the past but is not speaking to their future,” he said.
The former president claimed that there are working white Americans who still have unsettled debts and do not have the financial resources to seek medical assistance from a primary health professional.
“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 … or you know, do not have health care,” he said. “They feel like government has let them down.”
He also suggested white people should keep revisiting history and talking about compensating African Americans for spending decades as slaves.
“We should talk about it anyway,” he said. “If for no other reason to educate the country about a past that too often is not taught … and let’s face it, we would rather forget.”
This is not the first time that Obama has stirred up controversy. He previously suggested organizing a military coup against his successor, Donald Trump, to remove him from the White House physically.
“Well, I think we can always send the Navy SEALS in there to dig him out,” Obama said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in a video shared on YouTube.