Barack Obama at NAACP Convention: Stop Making Excuses, Black Kids Need Aspirations Beyond ‘Ballers and Rappers’

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Barack Obama spoke at the annual NAACP convention and we have the highlights and the entire video under the hood

Some highlights:

“We’ve got to say to our children, Yes, if you’re African-American, the odds of growing up amid crime and gangs are higher. Yes, if you live in a poor neighborhood, you will face challenges that someone in a wealthy suburb does not have to face. That’s not a reason to get bad grades, that’s not a reason to cut class, that’s not a reason to give up on your education and drop out of school,” he said. “No one has written your destiny for you. Your destiny is in your hands – and don’t you forget that.”

“No excuses. No excuses,” Obama added, verging off his prepared remarks. “You get that education. All those hardships will just make you stronger, better able to compete. Yes, we can.”

“What is required to overcome today’s barriers is the same as was needed then. The same commitment. The same sense of urgency. The same sense of sacrifice. The same willingness to do our part for ourselves and one another that has always defined America at its best.” The “steepest” barriers are not prejudice and discrimination, he said, but the “structural inequalities that our nation’s legacy of discrimination has left behind.”

These are barriers we are beginning to tear down by rewarding work with an expanded tax credit; making housing more affordable; and giving ex-offenders a second chance. These are barriers that we are targeting through our White House Office on Urban Affairs, and through Promise Neighborhoods that build on Geoffrey Canada’s success with the Harlem Children’s Zone,” he said.

“When it comes to higher education, we are making college and advanced training more affordable, and strengthening community colleges that are a gateway to so many with an initiative that will prepare students not only to earn a degree but find a job when they graduate; an initiative that will help us meet the goal I have set of leading the world in college degrees by 2020,” he said.

Obama said the economy has made progress difficult, but assured the audience that his administration was working to “lay a new foundation for growth and prosperity” for future generations.

“One pillar of this new foundation is health insurance reform that cuts costs, makes quality health coverage affordable for all, and closes health care disparities in the process. Another pillar is energy reform that makes clean energy profitable, freeing America from the grip of foreign oil, putting people to work upgrading low-income homes, and creating jobs that cannot be outsourced,” he said.

Comments

  • Internets is Serious Business

    Great speech Mr. President. Same thing Mr. Bill Cosby has been saying and that was responded to much negativity by a bunch of ghetto hood-rats and wannabe gangstas. I hope you get a better reception than he did. Listen up black folks!

  • http://urbanfrugalchic.com Khristal

    AMEN!

  • http://urbanfrugalchic.com Cynthia

    The man is GOOD- So good!

  • black gold

    Why is Obama equating homosexuality with being black?

  • Negrodamus Believes

    ““One pillar of this new foundation is health insurance reform that cuts costs, makes quality health coverage affordable for all, and closes health care disparities in the process.”

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    Like I’ve been saying all week. We need to hit the direct cause and that is our lifestyles. You can get it in, just work it out ya dig. If your bowel movements are holding you hostage after dinner, you gotta re-evaluate something lol.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gazfynest Patiently waiting

    school is the way :)…parenting and patience with your kids….!! I could rap all day about this

  • black gold

    The black community consists of stupid females both stupid males and white and Jews know this for this reason we have is cracker with a black face aka Obama LMAO!

  • I AM LEGEND ( A Wise Man Told Me Dont Argue With Fools)

    black gold

    The black community consists of stupid females both stupid males and white and Jews know this for this reason we have is cracker with a black face aka Obama LMAO!
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    I dont understand

  • Jamilah

    Because he is stating something some blacks don’t want to hear i.e. the truth, this post will not get 100 comments. Not unlike that damn Richard Jefferson mess yesterday. It is easier to talk about someone else but a far greater challenge to address issues in our own lives.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gazfynest Patiently waiting

    we together have to acknowledge that the community has flaws…(as is being done on the regular) and to keep striving to be great!

  • Dmarie

    That’s right Mr. President Tell it like it T.I is

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  • $moK.E.Y.

    PREACH!!!!!!!!

  • Glok9n: Lev 20:13

    FUK TYPOS …ITS MAD EARLY ,IM HIGH AS A FUK ONCE AGAIN AND BOUT TO BOARD THIS PLANE SO I NEED TO VENT …I DONT LIKE RIDING PLANES!

  • black gold

    Health care will not pass but white supremacy with a blackface will continue.

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