Barack Obama, the first African American President of the United States of America gave a televised, keynote address at the 100th Anniversary of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) last night in New York, City. He spoke for approximately 36 minutes on a variety of themes in a tone of voice that reminded me of Reverend Jerimiah Wright, his former pastor whom bitter old white men and stupid white men in the media made him throw under the bus, but I digress. President Obama talked about the history of the NAACP and how they paved the way for him, his hopes and dreams for the future, education, instutional racism, discrimination, and of course “personal responsiblity”.
“Make no mistake: The pain of discrimination is still felt in America,” the president said in honoring the organization's 100th convention. Obama urged African-Americans to be realistic about some of the difficulties they may face, but to remember that “your destiny is in your hands.”
So what did the media we have focus on? Why *ahem* personal responsiblity, or let them tell it, the lack of personal responsibility i.e. looking for a handout or wanting the government to take care of them, Obama tells blacks no excuses, of course.
Obama's remarks about “black responsibility” were almost at the end of his speech. And sure, they were hard-hitting. But for most of his talk, he hit issues of economic and social justice much harder, and outlined the way American society has failed African-Americans. But did the media we have talk about any of that? Nooooooo.
As the AAPP says;
My question, How come Obama didn't say that to the banks he bailed out, “Your destiny is in your hands ?” I guess Barack Obama likes to talk shallow simplistic rubbish and scold black americans and Africans.
I for one am tired of hearing the turn off the X-Box, read to your children, help them with their homework, attend parent teacher conference, pull yourself up by your bootstrap, take personal responsiblity lecture from President Obama. Yes there are people out there, both black and white who need to hear things like this, but they aren't listening. They are playing X-Box. The people at the convention last night do read to their kids, attend parent teacher conferences etc. so he was preaching to the choir.
There are some who believe he makes these remarks everytime he addresses an African American audience to pacify RushCo. and because he's scared of Faux News. There are some who believe it is a White House strategy to appeal to white conservative voters. Whatever it is. I'm tired of it.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying black folks shouldn't take “personal responsibility” whatever that means, I'm saying black folks aren't the ONLY ones who need to take some “personal” responsibility. And we certainly don't have to be told the same thing over and over again like we are stoopid or children, or both. I don't condone what Reverend Jesse Jackson was caught on tape saying about President Obama talking down to black folks but I understand.
Why are black folks the only ones being told they need to “take personal responsibility” for their actions? Black folks aren't responsible for creating the current mess we find our country in. Why are black folks the only ones told they “need to stop making excuses and blaming others for their problems“. I don't hear anyone telling democrats to stop making excuses for being whimps. I don't hear anyone telling republicans to stop making excuses for being obstructionist. I don't hear anyone (well almost) telling President Obama to stop making excuses.
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So, while we were distracted with the Obama tells blacks no excuses meme today the public option was taken off the table, the card check provision was dropped from the Employee Free Trade Act, and yet another republican lawmaker was caught with his male member hanging out and with a C Street *ahem* Christian Family house connection to boot.
Who is going to take personal responsiblity for the public option and the card check provision? Democrats? Shouldn't republican cheaters take personal responsibility for their actions? I'm just saying.
Shouldn't democrats take personal responsiblity for caving to the right wing? I mean we have a 60 member majority in the Senate and majority in the House of Representative AND a democrat in the White House and we still can't get what we want? Who is “responsible” for that? Not black folks that's for sure.
I'm asking President Barack Obama to take some “personal responsiblity” for the political prosecutions of democrats. I'm asking him to take personal responsiblity for bringing our troops home from Iraq, closing Gitmo and investigating Bush and Cheney. No more “excuses“.
Let's have some personal responsibility for everyone, not just black folks Mr. President Sir.