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 07-17-2009, 06:31 PM         #1
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DHARMA 
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Jul 17 - Obama has tough-love message for African-Americans (Reuters)
 

 
NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Barack Obama had a tough-love message for fellow African-Americans on Thursday, urging black parents to push their children to think beyond dreams of being sports stars or rap music performers.


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Obama's election as the first African-American president buoyed the black community. At the 100th anniversary celebration of the NAACP, the country's oldest civil rights group, he urged blacks to take greater responsibility for themselves and move away from reliance on government programs.

"We need a new mindset, a new set of attitudes -- because one of the most durable and destructive legacies of discrimination is the way that we have internalized a sense of limitation; how so many in our community have come to expect so little of ourselves," he said.

Obama told a packed ballroom at a Manhattan hotel that blacks need to recapture the spirit of the civil rights movement of a half century ago to tackle problems that have struck African-Americans disproportionately -- joblessness, spiraling healthcare costs and HIV-AIDS.

"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," he said.

Obama said parents need to force their children to set aside the video games and get to bed at a reasonable hour, and push them to set their sights beyond such iconic figures as NBA star LeBron James and rap singer Lil Wayne.

Education is the path to a better future, said Obama.

"Our kids can't all aspire to be the next LeBron or Lil Wayne. I want them aspiring to be scientists and engineers, doctors and teachers, not just ballers and rappers. I want them aspiring to be a Supreme Court justice. I want them aspiring to be president of the United States," he said.

Obama noted that his own life could have taken a different path, had it not been for his mother's urgings.


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154 comments for "Jul 17 - Obama has tough-love message for African-Americans (Reuters)"

 07-19-2009, 11:55 AM         #2
DHARMA  OP
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 8 years ago '08        #3
GrownmanJ 21 heat pts21
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No one wants to reply because most of what he said is somewhat true.
 07-19-2009, 12:10 PM         #4
20to30  OP
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no ones gonna call obama racist?

oh thats right,cuz hes telling the truth,but hes black

well at least now one of your own called you all out on your s***,im just interested to see if it really makes a difference
 8 years ago '06        #5
Malcolm 34 heat pts34
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It ain't gonna make a different right now. What he has to do is go on the internet, the radio, the tv, "BET", and everywhere else once a month and say it so that black people know he's serious.
 8 years ago '06        #6
pa_general 134 heat pts134
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 8 years ago '04        #7
LEAGECY 
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Hey hes right i mean your kids are done if they looks up to or try to be like lil wayne.
 8 years ago '09        #8
Ricky Towel 128 heat pts128
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didnt cosby get hated on for sayin almost the same s***?
 07-19-2009, 12:36 PM         #9
AlexG1989  OP
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No one wants to reply because most of what he said is somewhat true.
Damn f***ing straight... everybopdy wants to call Bill Cosby a self hater but everything he said was true... Obama basically said the same s***, in a better way of course....
 8 years ago '08        #10
GrownmanJ 21 heat pts21
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 PabloDiablo said:
didnt cosby get hated on for sayin almost the same s***?
Yea he did, but he was more raw with it, and people cant swallow the tough pills he put out. Obama would never get raw because he's a politician and he wants people to like him.
 8 years ago '04        #11
DramaKing 1 heat pts
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everyone needs to remember he is a leader and not a follower...and he is setting an example for everyone to do the right thing...good post
 8 years ago '04        #12
LilEscobar 1 heat pts
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Already been said....
 8 years ago '05        #13
Reggie Xtreme 
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He speaks the truth. Bill Cosby spoke the truth. I have always agreed with it.
 8 years ago '05        #14
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It's just hard if u've never lived in a big city with a big blk population or lived in the hood u just wouldnt understand its not like u can just stop doing sumthing you've been brought up on yaself its like ppl get comfortable with their standards of living or they arent n they rob steal etc...these lil kids duck bullets everyday its a hard reality to understand and get out of dont speak out of ignorance...but hey this is Bx
 8 years ago '07        #15
carltouss619 8 heat pts
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:applause::applause::applause::applause:

100 percent agree. I always thought if young Black kids put the same energy as they do into coming up with some catchy dance into education--sky's the limit. First time I actually really felt Obama.
 07-19-2009, 01:55 PM         #16
jataylorlfc  OP
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same with alot of underclasses.

its also to do with role models too, i suppose more knowledge/exposure to business men from their community would help
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carltouss619 8 heat pts
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 jataylorlfc said:
same with alot of underclasses.

its also to do with role models too, i suppose more knowledge/exposure to business men from their community would help
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 8 years ago '09        #18
Ricky Towel 128 heat pts128
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 GrownmanJ said:
Yea he did, but he was more raw with it, and people cant swallow the tough pills he put out. Obama would never get raw because he's a politician and he wants people to like him.
and its the whole obama can do no wrong thing thats goin on
 8 years ago '07        #19
MiseryCityTexas 19 heat pts19
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barack putting lazy black people like me on blast. f*** that n*gga. (sarcasim)
 07-19-2009, 02:41 PM         #20
Tuodeci  OP
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dont really have a problem with it, but i love how every1 groups all black people together.
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