Former President Obama is now worried how leaders can use social media to divide people in society.
The comments seem to be directed at President Trump’s use of Twitter but Obama is ignoring how he used his bully pulpit as president to divide Americans across racial lines.
Obama frequently commented on local police matters when the topic was related to race issues.
Obama’s comments on social media were made during a BBC interview with Prince Harry.
Former US President Barack Obama has urged people in leadership positions not to use social media in a way that fosters division.
In a BBC interview conducted by Britain’s Prince Harry, Obama warned that the internet risked reinforcing people’s prejudices and leading to a fractured society.
“All of us in leadership have to find ways in which we can recreate a common space on the internet,” Obama said. “One of the dangers of the internet is that people can have entirely different realities. They can be cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases,” he said.
Obama did not mention US President Donald Trump by name during the interview, which he said was his first since leaving office.
In 2009, then President Obama remarked the police in Cambridge, Massachusetts “acted stupidly,” when law enforcement officers arrested his former professor at his home.
The New York Times reports:
Americans got a rare glimpse Wednesday night of the perspective that a black president can bring to a racially charged situation.
In response to a question at his prime-time news conference about the arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr., the black Harvard professor, in his own home over the weekend, Mr. Obama declared that the Cambridge, Mass., police had “acted stupidly.”
In reality, Obama used his office as president to divide the nation across racial lines.