Saturday, July 18, 2009
At the NAACP 100th Anniversary Obama was fired up with a warning to all of us!
Obama was fired up as he addressed the audience at the 100th anniversary of the National Advancement for the Association of Colored People (NAACP) I am not going to discuss the History of the NAACP You read about that. I found the speech mesmerizing not because he was speaking to the history of Black America and the NAACP but because he was addressing all of America as fired up he was right on point and fired a warning to all of us.
: As we celebrate the first 100 years it is an extraordinary honor to be here amongst friends to celebrate the journey we as Americans have so far taken. He went on to warn of complacency and the country better adhere. As we celebrate the first 100 years of the NAACP we have a lot of work ahead of us. He reminded the obvious to all of us as we worry about our own plight. More blacks are unemployed, more blacks are imprisoned, more blacks are HIV positive.
This applies to all of us as we try to progress successfully into the future. " What is required today is the same sense of unity that got us here as Americans" We must eradicate Bigotry and Discrimination. Muslim's gays, Latino's, Regardless of Religion, color, or ethnicity, discrimination and prejudice can not stand. One by one we can tear these barriers down. Our broader economy built on credit cards and shady loans has made the rich very very rich and the poor very very poor.
To remedy this we need health care for all. Health care reform, health care for everybody! Having said that I see despite Obama's bravado that passing anything viable is in grave danger. We also need energy reform and financial reform to provide all families with security.
* Take not all Americans and all the world, it is all worthless unless we do a better job of educating our sons and daughters. There is no better path to opportunity than education. I agree with that but a general Bachelor's Degree will not do it today. You need a specialized Degree in a specialized discipline today and like it or not that is not easy cheap or attainable by most. We need more than money and reform. People better get motivated and acclimated to the new high tech environment of the 21st century. regardless of money spent and opportunities given.
Obama says they are busy in Washington but people better wake up and realize they better get busy too. This is a new world we face and we need a new mind set. Our destiny is in our hands. All of us as Americans! As I taught my sons, it is not the hardships it is not the experiences it is what you do with them or let them do to you. We can reclaim our place in society and the world. We must set our standards higher. We must aspire!
* Set our standards higher all of us! This is a harder future before us than many have known. Like it or not we can move forward or we can fall behind. Individually it is up to all of us. Our destiny is in our hands born with a gold spoon in your mouth or no spoon at all. In closing: Obama said he made it because of his mother. I must tell you some of us made it not because of our parents but despite them. Your Destiny is in your hands!