‘Psychological Slavery’ – Vivek Calls Out Obama’s Attacks on Minority GOP Candidates [VIDEO]

Republican Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy criticized the notion that only minority candidates who parrot Democratic orthodoxy can be considered legitimate ‘brown voices’ on Saturday during an interview with Fox News host Griff Jenkins.

Ramaswamy is a second-generation immigrant whose parents moved to the United States from India.  He became a wildly successful tech and biopharmaceutical entrepreneur who is now worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

His criticism of the attempt to gatekeep minorities in American politics was a response to former President Barack Obama who attacked minority Republican candidates earlier this week on David Axelrod’s podcast ‘The Axe Files’.

“I think there is a long history of African-American or other minority candidates within the Republican Party who will validate America and say everything is great and we can all make it,” Obama told Axelrod.

Ramaswamy pushed back against the idea that minority candidates can only abide by a certain set of ideas about race relations in the United States.

“There is a toxic philosophy on the left,” Ramaswamy told Jenkins. “I describe this in my book Woke Inc several years ago, which says that the color of your skin predicts what you’re allowed to say about this country, that you can’t say systemic racism doesn’t exist if you have black or brown skin.”

Ramaswamy referenced Democrat Rep. Ayanna Pressley, who said, “We don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice.”

“I reject that dogma,” said Ramaswamy.

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He added, “Frankly, I was disappointed in Barack Obama. I think he sets a poor example for the country when he tells us that we can’t think independently, regardless of the color of our skin.”

He went on to say that he is focused on unifying the country and will speak openly despite attempts by Democrats to define what is or isn’t a valid ‘brown voice’ in American politics.

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“I probably don’t fit Ayanna Pressley‘s description of what counts as a brown voice. But you better believe that’s why it’s important for folks like me or Tim Scott or Nikki Haley, for that matter, to speak our minds openly,” he continued. “And from my heart, I commit to doing that throughout the rest of this campaign trail. I think it’s going to be unifying for the country.”

In perhaps his most scathing condemnation of Obama’s statements about minority candidates, he said that attempting to ‘predict’ people’s views based on their skin color is ‘racism’ and ‘psychological slavery’.

When asked if he believes that people in the United States focus too much on race, he said that he believes they do.

Our diversity is not our strength. Our strength is what unites us across that diversity. That’s what makes America great. And I’ll tell you, I’m 37 years old. I’m the first millennial ever to run for U.S. president as a Republican. I grew up into a generation that taught us to celebrate our diversity so much that we forgot all of the ways we’re really the same as Americans. We say E Pluribus Unum for a reason. It means ‘from many, one.’ That’s the dream I’m running to revive. And I think most Americans still share that vision. We just need to have the courage to say it out loud and revive it.

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