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.

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  • 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!
    ___________________
    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

  • http://bymikey.com/2009/07/17/barack-obama-at-naacp-convention-stop-making-excuses-black-kids-need-aspirations-beyond-%e2%80%98ballers-and-rappers/ Bymikey.com » Blog Archive » Barack Obama at NAACP Convention: Stop Making Excuses, Black Kids Need Aspirations Beyond ‘Ballers and Rappers

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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.

  • Jade Silver (18 July 2009: Nelson Mandela's Birthday)

    @ Glok9n… Hey there Dexter St John. Have you been released from your prison?

  • Glok9n: Lev 20:13

    BLACK GOLD!
    YOU CANT TELL THESE PPL NOTHING, OBAMA IS A FRAUD AND FUK THE NAACP TOO …THEY GOT A CRAKA AS THE LEADER NOW ..WOW! ..JUST LIKE SHEEPLE ..FOLLOWING THE REST OF THE HERD!

  • Journey

    It was a good speech but it will never reach the individuals that need to hear it most. A lot of them don’t care they have been on public assistance their entire life and don’t want to do anything.

  • medievalpoetry

    Why do people think they’ll be taken seriously if they type in all caps?

    Anyway, good speech, but most people won’t listen, and he should also address the rampant homophobia that’s so rampant in the community.

  • http://playstationlifestyle.net Chris Rah Osiris

    @Sydney

    Good morning

  • newbie

    Bill Cosby been saying this for years. Some people never learn.

  • Adrienne

    Bill Cosby has been saying the same thing for years and people wanted to get mad bc he was keeping it too REAL. I used to argue with people all the time bc I used to say Bill was right and they felt he was putting black people out there…..We need to own up to our shyt. I no longer believe the white man holds us back, you hold you back! Do we have to be twice as better bc we are black, yes! But that’s how life is and always will be, black president or not. He had to work twice as hard as his candidate (McCain and Palin) when his educational accomplishements FARRRRRRRR exceeded theirs. It’s possible to do whatever you want to do and be BLACK doing it. Stop being lazy! It’s sad that a lot of Black America that’s stuck at the bottom of the totem pole (in the hood) has begun to rely on and leach from the federal government so they will always be what they are unless they help themselves. What’s even more sad is that bc they have had that “ghetto” state of mind for so long and live, breed, and contribute to their surroundings it’s like a chain effect that will never end unless they decide to change. SMH…….It’s not only black people, but whites do the same too…they just don’t get put out there..we have become the poster child for GHETTO and anything that associates itself with being GHETTO. I always wonder at this point, is there anything we can do to change that.

  • Jade Silver (18 July 2009: Nelson Mandela's Birthday)

    @ Glok9n… Glad you had fun. So am I going to be an auntie? LOL. Hope you strapped up coz I’m supposed to be your next babymomma. Are you going to Barbados?

  • Jade Silver (18 July 2009: Nelson Mandela's Birthday)

    @ Sydney… Good morning girl.

  • BlackFriday

    Glok9n: Lev 20:13 and Black Gold:
    You are two ignorant azz nggaz. You two idiots don’t even have a basic understanding of whats going on in the WORLD. Not just the United States, the world. We need jobs and Health care??? No shit! WTF do you think war going on in Washington between the Dems and Repubs is about. He can’t pass health care by himself and he can’t just make up a bunch of jobs and hand them out to people. He’s the president not the Wizard of Oz. You nggaz sound like complete fools.

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