How out of touch is Obama and did he incite hate?

Although I have a lot of respect for the former President of the USA, I do feel he has lost touch with reality somewhat.

I was very annoyed after Barack Obama’s speech at the Cop 26 in Glasgow. As a man with influence he has to measure his words, because they can be taken out of context and lead to dire consequences. Also he should not assume things, there is a saying ‘When you assume you make an ass out of u and me.

In a world where people do no longer listen to or read full stories, it is dangerous when you use words which evoke emotions. Because nowadays people are only interested in headlines and sound bites.

I will not post the whole speech but I will have a link of the transcript at the bottom of the blog. Here are the things he said which annoyed me and what I believe can be seen as inciting hatred.

“So to all the young people out there, as well as those of you who consider yourselves young at heart, I want you to stay angry. I want you to stay frustrated, but channel that anger, harness that frustration, keep pushing harder and harder, for more and more because that’s what’s required to meet this challenge. Gird yourself for a marathon, not a sprint, for solving a problem this big, this complex and this important has never happened all at once. Since we’re in the Emerald Isles here, let me quote the bard, William Shakespeare, “What wound,” he writes, “did ever heal but by degrees.”

Prior to that he said “Folks in my generation have not done enough to deal with a potentially cataclysmic problem that you now stand in here.”

I know, but I sincerely hope I am wrong, there will be people who will see this as a call of channeling that anger towards what Obama calls ‘folks from his generation’ I happen to be a member of that generation.

Obama did not consider the fact there is a militant element to these climate activists. Their is a highly potential chance that they see this as a call and a blessing to take violent action to those who Obama claims to be responsible, or at least has created that narrative.

Then there are many ‘folks of his generation’ who have done more for the environment than the current eco warriors have done or will ever do. They are the people who didn’t have to be chauffeured every where , they took the bus, bicycle or walked. They didn’t fly everywhere either, they had to save for months and months to perhaps go on a flight once every few years. We did not use plastic bottles but glass and would return them for recycling.

Every time when I pass by a site where these ‘new generation of eco warriors’ protested about the climate crisis, I am astounded by the rubbish they leave behind. Folks of Obama’s generation were taught to pick up after themselves. We did not have or want all the newest gadgets or wanted to replace them every few months.

We did not leave a TV on all day, we did not leave on a light for longer then needed. Even now we only put on a heating when it is absolutely necessary. The list is endless but I hope you get what I mean

So when Obama is talking about folks of his generation who is he talking about? The same Obama who flew to Glasgow where he could have done an on line speech. Mr. Obama also seems to forget that he was the most powerful men on earth for 8 years, and aside from signing a few agreements he did very little about climate change.

When you tell one group to be angry and put the blame on another group, you open up a Pandora box ,aside from that it is a form of fascism. I am not a fan of Trump, far from it, I hate everything the man stands for, but if he would have said those same words there would be a global outrage.

One last thing, I recently saw a documentary about Cobalt mining in the Congo. It was truly awful, deformed babies being born, young men dying, deforestation, depleting minerals all so we can drive electric cars to safe the planet. I never saw any of these eco warriors in Congo.

This is your chance Ms. Thunberg, Mr. Obama, Mr. Gore have a balanced approach and go to the Congo and other places where Cobalt mining is happening just so that we can ‘safe’ the planet. Go there rather then go to luxurious resorts where they have Climate conferences.

https://www.rev.com/blog/transcripts/barack-obama-cop26-climate-speech-transcript

Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder

When people ask me what my top 10 favourite albums are , I find it impossible to give a definitive answers, because over the years that has changed. However there are a few albums that will always be in that top 10, ‘Songs in the Key of life’ by Stevie Wonder is one of them.

Stevie Wonder was born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, in Saginaw, Michigan. He was born six weeks early with retinopathy of prematurity, an eye disorder which was exacerbated when he received too much oxygen in an incubator, leading to blindness.

When Stevie Wonder was four, his mother divorced his father and moved with her (at the time) three children to Detroit, Michigan, where Wonder sang as a child in a choir at the Whitestone Baptist Church.

He lost his sight as a newborn when he came into the world six weeks early with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), an eye disorder caused by abnormal blood vessels throughout the retina. Receiving too much oxygen in the incubator likely worsened the condition for the tiny baby, leaving him blind.

Despite growing up in poverty and blind, this didn’t stop Stevie to live a full life and fulfill his dreams. He grew up to become one of the most recognized musicians of the 20th century and he is still active today.

He showed an early gift for music, first with a church choir in Detroit, Michigan, and later with a range of instruments, including the harmonica, piano and drums, all of which he taught himself before age 10.

In 1961, when aged 11, Wonder sang his own composition, “Lonely Boy”, to Ronnie White of the Miracles. White then took Wonder and his mother to an audition at Motown, where CEO Berry Gordy signed Wonder to Motown’s label. Before signing, producer Clarence Paul gave him the name Little Stevie Wonder.

He made his recording debut at age 11, with the album “The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie” including the single “Fingertips” written and composed by Clarence Paul and Henry Cosby.

Lifelong blindness isn’t the only health issue that Wonder has battled. In 1973, he was in a near-death car crash when the sedan he was in collided with a truck. Wonder suffered a head injury and was in a coma for four days.

He has been married three times. First he was married to Motown singer-songwriter and frequent collaborator Syreeta Wright from 1970 until their amicable divorce in 1972. From 2001 until 2012 he was married to fashion designer Kai Millard. In October 2009, Wonder and Millard divorced in August 2012. In 2017 he married Tomeeka Bracy.

Romantically he has been a busy man. He has nine children by five different women. The mother of Wonder’s first child is Yolanda Simmons, whom Wonder met when she applied for a job as secretary for his publishing company. Simmons gave birth to Wonder’s daughter Aisha Morris on February 2, 1975.] After Aisha was born, Wonder said “she was the one thing that I needed in my life and in my music for a long time”.Aisha was the inspiration for Wonder’s hit single “Isn’t She Lovely?”

She is now a singer who has toured with her father and accompanied him on recordings, including his 2005 album A Time to Love. Wonder and Simmons also had a son, Keita, in 1977.

Stevie Wonder has been given a range of awards, both for his music and for his civil rights work, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Civil Rights Museum, being named one of the United Nations Messengers of Peace, and earning a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2014.

In December 2016, the City of Detroit recognized Wonder’s legacy by renaming a portion of his childhood street, Milwaukee Avenue West, between Woodward Avenue and Brush Street, as “Stevie Wonder Avenue”. He was also awarded an honorary key to the city, presented by Mayor Mike Duggan.

He has won 25 Grammy Awards, as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996. He is one of only two artists and groups who have won the Grammy for Album of the Year three times as the main credited artist, along with Frank Sinatra. Wonder is the only artist to have won the award with three consecutive album releases.

Stevie Wonder has always been an inspiration to me especially in more recent times. In 2011 I lost my right eye and in 2015 I nearly lost my left eye too, luckily they were able to safe it , but for about 6 months I was blind.

Finishing up with one of my favourite tracks of the aforementioned album ‘Songs in the Key of Life” “Sir Duke”.

“Music is a world within itself
With a language we all understand
With an equal opportunity
For all to sing, dance and clap their hands”

Happy Birthday Stevie

sources

https://www.biography.com/musician/stevie-wonder

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2012/aug/30/stevie-wonder-blind-black-disadvantage

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