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"E pluribus unum" a miscellany of links for Obama's "race speech".

category international | history and heritage | other press author Thursday March 20, 2008 01:20author by Predator of Xenu Report this post to the editors

Obama has it seems made a wonderful speech which is being hailed as the bravest bit of rhetoric by a US presidential contender in generations by some and the most stirring bit of oratory since the Gettsyberg address by others.

Oh yes.

But what did he actually say & why?

Here's a few vid links to keep the type of readership who prefer watching telly to reading happy. First off the Obama speech - this has also been embeddedfor you, all you need to is click on the picture. If you're not up for watching the whole 9.5 minutes in which he quotes the Gettysberg, the Declaration as well as referring to his own ethnically or racially mixed origins makes novel use of the motto de pluribus unum (= from many one) which of course appears on dollar bills & is a motto of the USA. If you don't want to watch the speech then you can read it in its entirety at the appended link below this article.


Now why did he make this speech, the fact he's only half honkey white isn't important, is it?

Easy - videos of his former pastor Jeremiah Wright doing his stuff at his church of the "Trinity United Church of Christ" making what some think are "controversial remarks" started doing the rounds. the church is the largest congregation of the United Church of Christ, with 10,000 members It is also one of the largest African-American churches in Chicago, Illinois the state of which Obama is junior senator. Rev. Wright served the community "since March 1, 1972. Within a matter of months after his appointment he demonstrated an understanding and deep commitment to help TUCC achieve its motto and vision. The motto, "Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian", was a phrase coined by his predecessor, the Reverend Dr. Reuben Sheares, and was officially adopted by the congregation shortly after Pastor Wright began his ministry." Jeremiah Wright has now retired from pastorship from the religious community & is to be replaced by the Rev. Otis Moss III. Rev. Wright fulfilling his mission to be "unashamedly Black" has said such things like the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed more people than the died in the World Trade Centre event on the 11th of September. Which is perfectly true and ought not be controversial. According to the Japanese Government the nuclear weapon Little Boy which was dropped on Hiroshima On Monday August 6, 1945, by the crew of the American B-29 bomber Enola Gay, directly killing an estimated 80,000 people. By the end of the year, injury and radiation brought total casualties to 90,000-140,000 and the bomb which followed without warning on Nagasaki killed 60,000 - 80,000. That brings direct deaths at lowest estimates to 150,000 where as the 911 bombings killed less than 4,000. Furthermore the Rev. Wright has said that the Roman Empire was ruled by rich slave owning Italians to whom the poor of Palestine such as Jesus were little more than blacks. This also is perfectly true, we know ( I do) from the writings of both Seneca the Elder who lived from 54 BC- ca. 39 AD & Seneca the Younger ( 4 BC – 65 AD)and thus exact if slightly elder & younger respectively contemporaries to Christ that the prices of slaves in the markets of the Roman Empire of people procedent from Africa were marginally higher than those procedent from what is now considered the Middle East. Both writers are considered amongst the first advocates of the reformation if not absolute abolition of human slavery. He then said that the USA is historically based on slavery & the exploitation of black men and women. This is also perfectly historically true. & doesn't even need facts & figures to prove it.


You might like to see the Rev. Wright say it as it is on Youtube & wonder how his career as a pastor has undoubtedly ended as a result of his truthful preaching embarrassing a half-honkey presidential hopeful. But you see what he says is "hate speech" not the truth :-

"They say God Bless America, I say God Damn America for killing innocent people and treating us as less than human".
"we [the USA] support state terrorism on the Palestinians"
:- The Rev. Wright.

Lastly but not least as a little bonus, I'd like you to enjoy the first episode of the 11th season of "South Park", one of those episodes which was so controverisal it was taken off air & is quite difficult to find due to the copyright infringement laws which hide liars worldwide. In this edition, Randy the father of Stan on a quiz show must under the glare of lights and pressure of knowing he has almost won the top prize successfully complete a seven letter word of which he has been given six letters and answer this clue :- "they annoy you", his letters are N_GGERS.

Alas, naive and foolish Randy chooses an "I" instead of an "A" and must accordingly go through political correct reconditioning with hilarious results.
watch it he ye pirates & enjoy it, & then copy it for its next home, it will get pulled soon enough.......too controversial.

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author by predator of Xenupublication date Thu Mar 20, 2008 04:08author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"The government lies about WMD"

"the government lies about importing drugs"

"The government lies about a connection between Saddam Hussein & al Qaeda"

"The government lies about a connection between Nine Eleven & operation iraqi freedom"

"the government lies about inventing HIV to genocide black people" [ might not be true that the US government invented it, but HIV is genetically selective & does target black people c/f ]

"you don't know what it is to be a black man living in a country and a culture controlled by rich white people"

"Hilary Clinton aint never been called at three in the morning"

God Bless the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. I really wish I had more melanin. The man says it as it is.
Fox News however, is on the attack, ("Jeremiah Wright uses the N word") "Obama, I don't know what the big deal is, he's an african anyway". "What is about Obama that causes such hysteria that Mao only dreamed of".

author by predator of Xenupublication date Thu Mar 20, 2008 05:33author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"The speech violated several conventions of campaign discourse -- for one, the injunction that all politicians must speak about racial and ethnic groups in upbeat stereotypes," says the New York Times.

"Presidential politics usually requires candidates to either wholly adopt or reject positions and people. Mr. Obama did neither with his pastor, rejecting his most divisive statements but also filling in the picture of Mr. Wright and his church . . . He admitted that his pastor is both a divisive figure and an inspiring one."........"Obama in effect offered his candidacy as the next chapter in a story of racial tension and reconciliation that has unfolded since the country's founding," says the L.A. Times.

"A frank reflection on the problems of race in America that rejected the minister's words but also drew a broader personal and historical context in which to read them," says the Boston Globe.

"Sen. Barack Obama's sweeping speech on race Tuesday marked an attempt to wrench his campaign out of a polarizing diversion and to reignite a discussion of the country's potential for moving beyond racial division, a theme that worked well for Obama early in the campaign but seemed to get lost amid recent events." says the Chicago Tribune

"Obama did not do the politically 'smart' thing. He did the right thing. And that is why his campaign will weather this storm . . . "At the most basic level, Obama did what the media has failed to do. He presented Wright and Wright's comments on U.S. domestic and foreign policies in context: the context of the African-American religious experience, the context of the candidate's connection to the church and, above all, the context of this country's unresolved experience of what Obama correctly refers to as 'the original sin' of the American experiment -- human bondage -- and its legacy. The speech was masterful in this regard." writes John Nicolls at "the Nation"

Charles Murray at the "national Review" is wetting his cotton white pants :-
"Has any other major American politician ever made a speech on race that comes even close to this one? As far as I'm concerned, it is just plain flat out brilliant--rhetorically, but also in capturing a lot of nuance about race in America. It is so far above the standard we're used to from our pols."

Nodding to Shakespeare but not quite citing Othello, Jon Robert Baitz at Huffpost joins in the adulation :-
"We saw and heard a preview of our brightest possible American future in Senator Barack Obama's glorious speech. This, then, is what it means to be presidential. To be moral. To have a real center. To speak honestly, from the heart, for the benefit of all. If there was any doubt about what we have missed in the anti-intellectual, ruthlessly incurious Bush years, and even the slippery Clinton ones (the years of 'what is is'), those doubts were laid to rest by Barack Obama's magisterial speech. A speech in which he distanced himself from a flawed father figure, Reverend Wright, and did so with almost Shakespearian dignity and honor."

And last but not least coz we know it's not about fine words, Gallup puts Mc Cain at 67% approval, Obama at 62% approval and Clinton at 53%

I think we've all a lot to thank the Reverend Wright for regardless for how we feel about US presidential elections. His forthright opinions brought one of the best bits of political speechmaking in modern US political history & lest we overlook it, have managed to overshadow a week of otherwise evil hypocrisy. (c/f )
You can send him letters of support in his new career & plead with him to continue saying it as it is at this address -
Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr
400 West 95th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60628
telephone 00 1 773-962-5650

author by 'Superman'publication date Thu Mar 20, 2008 09:59author address author phone Report this post to the editors

says what people want to hear, is utterly immaculate, completely inexperienced...

Is he a child of Bush?

The campaign has reached comic cartoonish proportions with Disney land cut-outs
mouthing expressions of benignity and indifference.

I wonder why The Irish Times find him so sexually exciting (Geraldine?)

author by Seneca - SPQRpublication date Thu Mar 20, 2008 12:23author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Not "de".

De PL Un = of many one

E Pl Un = out of many one

Animadvertistine, ubicumque stes, fumum recta in faciem ferri?


author by dog latin loverpublication date Thu Mar 20, 2008 20:49author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Of course there was a little typo in the article where the "de" crept in. Not many people know Virgil who is credited with the motto was actually talking about preparing salad. That will score you points at the sort of social events where that type of thing scores points & almost always nobody scores anything else. "The poem describes an early morning in the life of a poor old farmer, Simylus, and his one servant, an African woman named Scybale. They get up before dawn, make some bread, and prepare a "moretum," which consists of garlic, parsley, coriander, rue, salt, and cheese, all mashed together, formed into a ball, and drizzled with oil and vinegar.During the mashing of the garlic and green herbs, Virgil describes the colors blending into one ("color est e pluribus unus"), at line 102 or 104 depending on which edition you use."

Another link to a compilation of Rev Dr Wright vids :- The English Times "10 must see Wright Vids"

Alas, just as I get into Obama or rather really want to offer his former pastor a soapbox, the great American public is it appears going off him. Tonight's index of the fickle indicates Hilary has got her lead.

I suppose the moral in all this is that the American people might recognise a magnificent bit of speech-making when its on coast to coast cable TV and prime time but they don't want the sort of person who has dropped coins on a plate of a preacherman who "says it as it is" as president.

Race never came into it. As always it's the fear of being c-o-n-t-r-o-v-e-r-s-i-a-l-

author by hmmm.,publication date Wed Nov 05, 2008 16:48author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Just as many readers of indymedia today in their time during in the secondary school system of Ireland were offered a compilation of prose writing which included one Illinois president's speech, the Gettysburg address of Abe Lincoln, so may we now think that future Irish kids will dog-ear and undervalue a prose collection which includes Obama's "a more perfect union" speech. The speech which sparked this article & the speech which was re-worked into his acceptance speech this morning & then most interestingly the acknowledgement speech by out the going president, GW Bush.

A more perfect union might offer small change to how Americans perceive themselves and how people worldwide perceive what is best about their democratic system. But it won't heal the rot done to those European societies whose elected leaderships even now fall over each other to issue official invitations & heap praise on Obama.

The same Irish regime which chose to squander the celtic tiger on fueling a property bubble is the same Celtic Tiger regime which now means test senior citizens for health care and has decided to deny Irish teenagers (unique in the EU) the safeguard against cervical cancer which the HPV vaccine could give. It will be many generations into the future until the true change of Obama's speech and the true implications of the history made by the American people yesterday trickles down to its satelites. By then the Irish health and education system might be so neglected that no child will read prose so busy will they be playing their part in the labour force to cover granny's medicare. By then Sarkozy's and Berlusconi's society's will have blanched all appeal from the notion of a black resident in the Elysee or Quirinale.

But just as Obama told us he would try and reclaim America - his wife and kids joined him dressed in black and red on that stage. Our colours.

author by bohs fanpublication date Wed Nov 05, 2008 17:47author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Go Bohemians!

author by Marcus Garveypublication date Thu Nov 06, 2008 14:02author address author phone Report this post to the editors

They began with "The Black Nationalist flag of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League" (UNIA) founded by Marcus Garvey as three stripes of Red, Black & Green - as is now the portal symbol for African American topics on wikipedia. The longest legacy of the UNIA is of course the African state of Liberia and the ship chartered by Marcus Garvey "the black star" lends itself to the Ghanan flag. This was the peak of the "back to Africa" movement which also touched pan-africanism.

Black nationalism according to wikipedia falls into different black nationalist philosophies but the principles of all black nationalist ideologies are 1) black pride, and 2) black economic, political, social and/or cultural independence from white society.

It won't be white folk flying black & red flags whose cynicism stops Obama if he's another Bush or Clinton.

It ought be scorned Africans who don't see any change who get to call him a traitor to class & race.

& come to think of it, that is exactly the opposition to 'anglo-saxon-hereditary-privilege-lobby-sponsored-zionist-fueled-puppetry affrontism' we've always wanted.

author by iosafpublication date Sat Jul 18, 2009 00:23author address author phone Report this post to the editors

here follows the exact text of the speech given by Obama as 44th president of the USA to the 100th annual convention of the NAACP in NYC, which for some white folks say meant nothing more serious than preachin' to coloured folks that they can't blame themselves if they aint gittin none coz it's as simple as switching off the X-box and puttin your kid through Harvard.

This is the first time Obama as President has specifically addressed the issues of Afro-America and "race" since his election contest speech which was reproduced above.


It is an honor to be here, in the city where the NAACP was formed, to mark its centennial. What we celebrate tonight is not simply the journey the NAACP has traveled, but the journey that we, as Americans, have traveled over the past one hundred years.

It is a journey that takes us back to a time before most of us were born, long before the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act, and Brown v. Board of Education; back to an America just a generation past slavery. It was a time when Jim Crow was a way of life; when lynchings were all too common; and when race riots were shaking cities across a segregated land.

It was in this America where an Atlanta scholar named W.E.B. Du Bois, a man of towering intellect and a fierce passion for justice, sparked what became known as the Niagara Movement; where reformers united, not by color but cause; and where an association was born that would, as its charter says, promote equality and eradicate prejudice among citizens of the United States.

From the beginning, Du Bois understood how change would come – just as King and all the civil rights giants did later. They understood that unjust laws needed to be overturned; that legislation needed to be passed; and that Presidents needed to be pressured into action. They knew that the stain of slavery and the sin of segregation had to be lifted in the courtroom and in the legislature.

But they also knew that here, in America, change would have to come from the people. It would come from people protesting lynching, rallying against violence, and walking instead of taking the bus. It would come from men and women – of every age and faith, race and region – taking Greyhounds on Freedom Rides; taking seats at Greensboro lunch counters; and registering voters in rural Mississippi, knowing they would be harassed, knowing they would be beaten, knowing that they might never return.

Because of what they did, we are a more perfect union. Because Jim Crow laws were overturned, black CEOs today run Fortune 500 companies. Because civil rights laws were passed, black mayors, governors, and Members of Congress serve in places where they might once have been unable to vote. And because ordinary people made the civil rights movement their own, I made a trip to Springfield a couple years ago – where Lincoln once lived, and race riots once raged – and began the journey that has led me here tonight as the 44th President of the United States of America.

And yet, even as we celebrate the remarkable achievements of the past one hundred years; even as we inherit extraordinary progress that cannot be denied; even as we marvel at the courage and determination of so many plain folks – we know that too many barriers still remain.

We know that even as our economic crisis batters Americans of all races, African Americans are out of work more than just about anyone else – a gap that’s widening here in New York City, as detailed in a report this week by Comptroller Bill Thompson.

We know that even as spiraling health care costs crush families of all races, African Americans are more likely to suffer from a host of diseases but less likely to own health insurance than just about anyone else.

We know that even as we imprison more people of all races than any nation in the world, an African-American child is roughly five times as likely as a white child to see the inside of a jail.

And we know that even as the scourge of HIV/AIDS devastates nations abroad, particularly in Africa, it is devastating the African-American community here at home with disproportionate force.

These are some of the barriers of our time. They’re very different from the barriers faced by earlier generations. They’re very different from the ones faced when fire hoses and dogs were being turned on young marchers; when Charles Hamilton Houston and a group of young Howard lawyers were dismantling segregation.

But 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 question, then, is where do we direct our efforts? What steps do we take to overcome these barriers? How do we move forward in the next one hundred years?

The first thing we need to do is make real the words of your charter and eradicate prejudice, bigotry, and discrimination among citizens of the United States. I understand there may be a temptation among some to think that discrimination is no longer a problem in 2009. And I believe that overall, there’s probably never been less discrimination in America than there is today.

But make no mistake: the pain of discrimination is still felt in America. By African-American women paid less for doing the same work as colleagues of a different color and gender. By Latinos made to feel unwelcome in their own country. By Muslim Americans viewed with suspicion for simply kneeling down to pray. By our gay brothers and sisters, still taunted, still attacked, still denied their rights.

On the 45th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, discrimination must not stand. Not on account of color or gender; how you worship or who you love. Prejudice has no place in the United States of America.

But we also know that prejudice and discrimination are not even the steepest barriers to opportunity today. The most difficult barriers include structural inequalities that our nation’s legacy of discrimination has left behind; inequalities still plaguing too many communities and too often the object of national neglect.

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; and that foster a comprehensive approach to ending poverty by putting all children on a pathway to college, and giving them the schooling and support to get there.

But our task of reducing these structural inequalities has been made more difficult by the state, and structure, of the broader economy; an economy fueled by a cycle of boom and bust; an economy built not on a rock, but sand. That is why my administration is working so hard not only to create and save jobs in the short-term, not only to extend unemployment insurance and help for people who have lost their health care, not only to stem this immediate economic crisis, but to lay a new foundation for growth and prosperity that will put opportunity within reach not just for African Americans, but for all Americans.

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. And another pillar is financial reform with consumer protections to crack down on mortgage fraud and stop predatory lenders from targeting our poor communities.

All these things will make America stronger and more competitive. They will drive innovation, create jobs, and provide families more security. Still, even if we do it all, the African-American community will fall behind in the United States and the United States will fall behind in the world unless we do a far better job than we have been doing of educating our sons and daughters. In the 21st century – when so many jobs will require a bachelor’s degree or more, when countries that out-educate us today will outcompete us tomorrow – a world-class education is a prerequisite for success.

You know what I’m talking about. There’s a reason the story of the civil rights movement was written in our schools. There’s a reason Thurgood Marshall took up the cause of Linda Brown. There’s a reason the Little Rock Nine defied a governor and a mob. It’s because there is no stronger weapon against inequality and no better path to opportunity than an education that can unlock a child’s God-given potential.

Yet, more than a half century after Brown v. Board of Education, the dream of a world-class education is still being deferred all across this country. African-American students are lagging behind white classmates in reading and math – an achievement gap that is growing in states that once led the way on civil rights. Over half of all African-American students are dropping out of school in some places. There are overcrowded classrooms, crumbling schools, and corridors of shame in America filled with poor children – black, brown, and white alike.

The state of our schools is not an African-American problem; it’s an American problem. And if Al Sharpton, Mike Bloomberg, and Newt Gingrich can agree that we need to solve it, then all of us can agree on that. All of us can agree that we need to offer every child in this country the best education the world has to offer from the cradle through a career.

That is our responsibility as the United States of America. And we, all of us in government, are working to do our part by not only offering more resources, but demanding more reform.

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.

We are creating a Race to the Top Fund that will reward states and public school districts that adopt 21st century standards and assessments. And we are creating incentives for states to promote excellent teachers and replace bad ones – because the job of a teacher is too important for us to accept anything but the best.

We should also explore innovative approaches being pursued here in New York City; innovations like Bard High School Early College and Medgar Evers College Preparatory School that are challenging students to complete high school and earn a free associate’s degree or college credit in just four years.

And we should raise the bar when it comes to early learning programs. Today, some early learning programs are excellent. Some are mediocre. And some are wasting what studies show are – by far – a child’s most formative years.

That’s why I have issued a challenge to America’s governors: if you match the success of states like Pennsylvania and develop an effective model for early learning; if you focus reform on standards and results in early learning programs; if you demonstrate how you will prepare the lowest income children to meet the highest standards of success – you can compete for an Early Learning Challenge Grant that will help prepare all our children to enter kindergarten ready to learn.

So, these are some of the laws we are passing. These are some of the policies we are enacting. These are some of the ways we are doing our part in government to overcome the inequities, injustices, and barriers that exist in our country.

But all these innovative programs and expanded opportunities will not, in and of themselves, make a difference if each of us, as parents and as community leaders, fail to do our part by encouraging excellence in our children. Government programs alone won’t get our children to the Promised Land. 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.

We have 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. But 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. No one has written your destiny for you. Your destiny is in your hands – and don’t you forget that.

To parents, we can’t tell our kids to do well in school and fail to support them when they get home. For our kids to excel, we must accept our own responsibilities. That means putting away the Xbox and putting our kids to bed at a reasonable hour. It means attending those parent-teacher conferences, reading to our kids, and helping them with their homework.

And it means we need to be there for our neighbor’s son or daughter, and return to the day when we parents let each other know if we saw a child acting up. That’s the meaning of community. That’s how we can reclaim the strength, the determination, the hopefulness that helped us come as far as we already have.

It also means pushing our kids to set their sights higher. They might think they’ve got a pretty good jump shot or a pretty good flow, but 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.

So, yes, government must be a force for opportunity. Yes, government must be a force for equality. But ultimately, if we are to be true to our past, then we also have to seize our own destiny, each and every day.

That is what the NAACP is all about. The NAACP was not founded in search of a handout. The NAACP was not founded in search of favors. The NAACP was founded on a firm notion of justice; to cash the promissory note of America that says all our children, all God’s children, deserve a fair chance in the race of life.

It is a simple dream, and yet one that has been denied – one still being denied – to so many Americans. It’s a painful thing, seeing that dream denied. I remember visiting a Chicago school in a rough neighborhood as a community organizer, and thinking how remarkable it was that all of these children seemed so full of hope, despite being born into poverty, despite being delivered into addiction, despite all the obstacles they were already facing.

And I remember the principal of the school telling me that soon all of that would begin to change; that soon, the laughter in their eyes would begin to fade; that soon, something would shut off inside, as it sunk in that their hopes would not come to pass – not because they weren’t smart enough, not because they weren’t talented enough, but because, by accident of birth, they didn’t have a fair chance in life.

So, I know what can happen to a child who doesn’t have that chance. But I also know what can happen to a child who does. I was raised by a single mother. I don’t come from a lot of wealth. I got into my share of trouble as a kid. My life could easily have taken a turn for the worse. But that mother of mine gave me love; she pushed me, and cared about my education; she took no lip and taught me right from wrong. Because of her, I had a chance to make the most of my abilities. I had the chance to make the most of my opportunities. I had the chance to make the most of life.

The same story holds for Michelle. The same story holds for so many of you. And I want all the other Barack Obamas out there, and all the other Michelle Obamas out there, to have that same chance – the chance that my mother gave me; that my education gave me; that the United States of America gave me. That is how our union will be perfected and our economy rebuilt. That is how America will move forward in the next one hundred years.

And we will move forward. This I know – for I know how far we have come. Last week, in Ghana, Michelle and I took Malia and Sasha to Cape Coast Castle, where captives were once imprisoned before being auctioned; where, across an ocean, so much of the African-American experience began. There, reflecting on the dungeon beneath the castle church, I was reminded of all the pain and all the hardships, all the injustices and all the indignities on the voyage from slavery to freedom.

But I was also reminded of something else. I was reminded that no matter how bitter the rod or how stony the road, we have persevered. We have not faltered, nor have we grown weary. As Americans, we have demanded, strived for, and shaped a better destiny.

That is what we are called to do once more. It will not be easy. It will take time. Doubts may rise and hopes recede.

But if John Lewis could brave Billy clubs to cross a bridge, then I know young people today can do their part to lift up our communities.

If Emmet Till’s uncle Mose Wright could summon the courage to testify against the men who killed his nephew, I know we can be better fathers and brothers, mothers and sisters in our own families.

If three civil rights workers in Mississippi – black and white, Christian and Jew, city-born and country-bred – could lay down their lives in freedom’s cause, I know we can come together to face down the challenges of our own time. We can fix our schools, heal our sick, and rescue our youth from violence and despair.

One hundred years from now, on the 200th anniversary of the NAACP, let it be said that this generation did its part; that we too ran the race; that full of the faith that our dark past has taught us, full of the hope that the present has brought us, we faced, in our own lives and all across this nation, the rising sun of a new day begun. Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.

July 16, 2009

Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery on a teleprompter which didn't get swatted

NAACP Centennial

New York, New York

July 16, 2009

this is how the US Democrat establishment reacted "send your kids to bed early & the Moon can be theirs too.

" No one has written your destiny for you. Your destiny is in your hands – and don’t you forget that."
" No one has written your destiny for you. Your destiny is in your hands – and don’t you forget that."

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