I actually don’t have a lot to say other than point out the fact that this speech in Cincinatti at some NAACP convention it was one Obama’s more average and mediocre, generic speeches.
I think the first half about governmental policies and the socio-economic structures that need changing was wonderful, and I personally think his seagway into the second half about personal responsibility was wonderful as well. However I think he could have driven the point home a bit more. Much like Jesus calling Lazarus from the grave in John 11, the stone had to be rolled away first. The same holds true for those that feel that personal responsibility trumps that of socio-economic disparities amongs the races and the classes.
Moreover, this speech was touted as the “personal responsibility” speech. This article right here which was the number one story at 11pm from the Yahoo! News service clearly focuses more on “personal responsibility” as a key factor, and even pointing out how the crowd cheered when they heard this.
The man who could become the first black president urged Washington to provide more education and economic assistance. He called on corporate America to exercise greater social responsibility. But he also received his most lusty applause as he urged blacks to demand more of themselves. [emphasis added]
I’m all for personal responsibility, but it MUST take place once the egregious disparities are righted. Granted Obama’s policies do attempt to do so, but, for my own personal comfort, I’d stray away from the “personal responsibility” spiel–it comes off as totally uppity.
HA! The irony.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know this is the place to embrace your inner uppity but sometimes, uppity becomes snobish and elitist. Lest we forget his comment about certain Pennsylvania constituents holding onto their guns and religion which I personally believe to be true, but nonetheless elitist as all get out. It’s very easy for us, yes this Uppity Negro included, to sit from our perches of privilege and talk about personal responsibility when in fact we had it so easy.
I got my college paid for by my parents and scholarships–everyone aint got it like that.
And then Obama was clearly preaching to the choir. His audience was more or less made up of people who had significantly more privilege than those he spoke about on the street corner. I guess it’s a Catch-22, as wonderful as it may be, could you seriously see him stopping the presidential motorcade to stop someone on the street and ask them what the deal is and actually try to help them out?
Seems like something straight out of a movie.
My ultimate problem with this type of rhetoric is that it makes white folk feel safe, from the Reagan Democrats all the way to the uber-liberal white suburbanites that I’m currently setting up tent with. It is a problem for me because it doesn’t challenge the middle-class, black or white, and it doesn’t move them from comfortability to compassion necessarily; in effect it coddles them (us). So, what does MSM pick up? The Associated Press entitles their story “Obama tells NAACP blacks must take responsibility” and CNN does the same with their story entitled “Obama’s focus is in responsibility in NAACP speech.” Even MSNBC a bastion of liberalism has called theirs “Obama repeats message of responsibility” and all stories minimize his criticism of the socio-economic structures in place that make the poor, poorer and the rich, richer.
Wow. How convenient for white America. No longer do they have to bitch and moan about the niggers being lazy and shiftless, they finally have another HNIC to do it for them.
No wonder they don’t like Al and Jesse.
Keep it uppity and keep it truthfully radical, JLL
Well, this was just my two cents.