Obama suggests that America is about to get ‘browner’
In an interview that aired Monday, President Barack Obama told Steve Inskeep of NPR that no matter what path President-elect Donald Trump decides to take on immigration, the country’s demographics have “inevitably” changed.
“If you stopped all immigration today, just by virtue of birth rates, this is going to be a browner country,” Obama said. “And if we’re not thinking right now about how we make sure that next generation is getting a good education and are instilled with a common creed and the values that make America so special and are cared for and nurtured and loved the way every American child is treated, then we’re not going to be as successful.”
He did not describe what he thought would constitute as the “common creed” and “values that make America so special.”
Giving credit to himself, Obama also went on to say that he felt like he inherited the country at a bad time, stating:
“[W]hen the economy’s not doing well some other tensions get laid bare — changing attitudes about sexual orientation, and about race, and about the nature of families. And all of this has been amped up by the revolution in information, throwing through social media and the Internet. And so it’s a big dose. It’s been a lot of stuff that’s been coming at people really quickly, and it’s made folks anxious.”
He added that the nation is “long overdue” for a national conversation about race.