Washington Post: The most interesting line in Obama’s Howard speech was about empathy, not ‘blackness’

President Obama’s speech at Howard University’s commencement on May 7 was full of advice on civic engagement, black history and democracy. 


Expand your moral imagination to empathize with all people who are struggling, not just black folks who are struggling, [but] the refugee, the immigrant, the rural poor, the transgender person, and yes the middle-aged white guy who you may think has all the advantages but over the last several decades has seen his world upended by economic and cultural and technological change and feels powerless to stop it.


By Janell Ross