George W. Bush Condemns Bigotry and White Supremacy in New Speech

You know it’s bad when George W. Bush enters the scene as a voice of reason during the Trump Administration to speak against white supremacy and bigotry. The former President gave a speech on Thursday (Oct 19.) at the George W. Bush Institute in New York. In 2017, it’s clear that the political climate has taken several steps back since progressing with hope and perceived change. Bush did not call out Trump by name, but it was heavily alluded to in his speech.

“Our identity as a nation, unlike other nations, is not determined by geography or ethnicity, by soil or blood. … This means that people from every race, religion, ethnicity can be full and equally American,” Bush said during his speech. “It means that bigotry and white supremacy, in any form, is blasphemy against the American creed.”

Bush also made a bold statement about the state of current events in America by saying, “bigotry seems emboldened.” The 71-year-old former POTUS also condemned the hypocrisy of some politicians and Americans. He said, “We’ve seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty. Too often, we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions, forgetting the image of God we should see in each other.”

As with any human, Bush is not without fault. In fact, the 43rd President of the United States received his fair share of criticism during his presidency due to the mishandling of the Hurricane Katrina tragedy that happened in Louisiana. Rapper Kanye West infamously boasted that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”

However, given his past discretions, it is rather surprising that he has been so active in the public arena. Last month, he joined the former living presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter to support relief and recovery efforts for victims affected by Hurricane Harvey. And now, he’s speaking a lot of sense and publicly speaking out against the very thing number 45 is taking issue with making a direct stance against.

“Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children, the only way to pass along civic values is to first live up to them,” he continued.

It’s an interesting and maybe a much-needed 180 for the political figure.

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