Barack Obama on Tuesday criticized pop culture for imposing bad values on young men.
Speaking at the "MBK Rising! My Brother's Keeper Alliance" summit that was held in Oakland, California, the former president explained how he felt about the current culture.
"Let's face it: a lot of hip-hop and rap music is built around me and show how I got more money than you, I can disrespect you and you can not do anything about it. I'll talk about you and punk you, "Obama said during the event's question and answer session (via the Washington Post)." Ironically, that shows the vulnerability you're feeling! "
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"We tend to meet the expectations that are set for us," said the 57-year-old. "If a young boy learns early:" You'll be nice to people, not to hurt him, "to have an impact, if you say, you treat young women with respect, they are not objects. human beings share the same aspirations and desires, and they deserve just as much respect as you, "which has an impact.
"We need to set the tone early in life," he said.
Earlier in the discussion, Obama – accompanied by NBA star Steph Curry – pointed out to the teen-filled room that "If you're really confident in your financial situation, you probably will not carry eight book chain around your neck because you know, "I have a bank. I do not have to show you how much I have because I feel good. "
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He added: "If you are very confident in your sexuality, you do not need eight women around you to twerk … [you know]"I have a woman with whom I am very happy. And she's a strong woman.
Obama was present at the two-day summit, which marked the fifth anniversary of the launch by "My Brother & # 39; s Keeper" of his former president, an initiative aimed at "addressing persistent gaps in opportunities for boys and young men of color, young people can reach their full potential. "