From Boys to the Man: Obama Takes Questions From Young Minorities
You need to know your culture but you can also be part of this larger world. And there’s some cultures, frankly, who have done this better than others. I do think, for example, Jewish culture has been very powerful. If you look in this — in our society, the ability to transmit traditions through synagogues and the Torah and bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs so that people have a sense of 2,000 years of history but everybody is still part of today and America and the world.… So I think this is something that we have to spend some time thinking about, making sure that we understand there’s a way of knowing your history, knowing your culture, being proud of it, using it as a strength but not thinking that there is just one way of you then having to act.