Michelle Obama to grads: 'shape the revolutions of your time'
First Lady Michelle Obama told graduates at Oberlin college to “actively seek out the most contentious, polarized, gridlocked places you can find” and work to change society.
Instead of the standard uplifting message to graduates that most commencement speakers try to give, Mrs. Obama called for revolution.
Obama, who received an honorary degree from the college, drew on the lessons of the struggles for women’s suffrage and civil rights as well as the political battle Franklin Delano Roosevelt experienced in trying to get his “New Deal” legislation passed, telling those in attendance that while democracy may be “messy,” it “works.”
“These folks didn’t let the ugliness and the obstacles deter them. They didn’t just give up and retreat to the comfortable company of like-minded folks, because they understood that this is how democracy operates,” she said. “It is loud and messy, and it’s not particularly warm and fuzzy.”
“The process of democracy might not always be as fast or as smooth as we’d like. But the fact is, it works,” Obama said. “Generation after generation, this country has become more equal, more inclusive, more fair, more free. My life and so many of your lives are a testament of that truth. But that has only happened because folks like all of you left their comfort zones and made their voices heard.”
Oh, really? Advocating "revolution" is not the usual suggestion offered by commencement speakers. Urging students to change society is nothing new, of course, but the manner in which that change is achieved matters greatly. Mrs. Obama is trying to inspire the next generation of social justice warriors, and if they act anything like the SJW of today, then the next generation will be less equal, less inclusive, less fair, and less free. To people like Mrs. Obama, social justice has nothing to do with freedom and everything to do with control.
Today's college grads have learned that lesson very well on campuses that feature "speech codes," "safe spaces," and "trigger warnings." And without a hint of irony, Mrs. Obama congratulates the graduates on their openness and civility toward people who disagreed with them:
"The truth is, graduates," she said, "after four years of thoughtful, respectful discussion and debate here at Oberlin -— those seminars where you explored new ideas together, those late-night conversations where you challenged each other and learned from each other -- after all of that, you might find yourself a little dismayed by the clamor outside these walls -- the name-calling, the negative ads, the folks yelling at each other on TV.
"After being surrounded by people who are so dedicated to serving others and making the world a better place, you might feel a little discouraged by the polarization and gridlock that too often characterize our politics and civic life."
What's really discouraging was a string of "hate crimes" committed on Oberlin campus last March. It so shocked and offended the students that they actually canceled classes.
Too bad the "hate crimes" turned out to be a hoax by two white liberal students. Funny that Mrs. Obama never mentioned this incident. No doubt those two students would be ideal participants in Mrs. Obama's "revolution" to make us all freer.