I'd have to disagree with you here. The speech wasn't about Blacks being painted as victims. His speech emphasized a pervasive problem in this country that has historical context to support his conclusion: that Black communities and African-Americans overall have not always been given a fair shake in this country even in modern times since both Reconstruction (post-Emancipation) and the Civil Rights era. Black Laws enacted by White leaders at local, state and to a lessor degree the federal level have all passed legislation (some as local ordinances) that worked to curtail Black achievements and/or advancements. If you've studied American history - or more specifically Black History - you'd know this to be true.Even Obama, as seen in the 2007 speech recently publicized, feeds the victim mentality to people (especially blacks) and paints being rich as evil.
However, the President didn't just lay blame on government for undermining African-Americans. He also laid blame squarely at Black people themselves for not taking more responsibility for themselves and their communities. It's the same type of tongue lashing Black historical figures such as Frederick Douglass, Bucker T. Washington, Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. have all stated repeatedly throughout their lives. As such, I don't see why our nation's 44th President should be villified in present-day for echoing those exact same sentiments.
To put it in perspective: Republicans/Conservatives have been saying all along that poor people whether Black, White, Hispanic, Italian, etc., should do more to take responsibility for themselves. Why then was what Pres. Obama said in that regard so dreadfully wrong simply because:
1) he said it before a group of majority Black people; and,
2) he said it using a "Negro Dialect"
I get that people want to make that speech (and others) part of a larger argument concerning race relations or picking winners and loser, etc., but I think if people turned off their partisan and/or racial radar and tried to see things in much broader terms (and it helps to know alittle history as well), maybe they'd come to understand that their distain for so many people thinking they are "entitled" to gov't handouts is very much in keeping with our President wanting more people to take responsibility for themselves. The problem here, of course, is the only real way many people will "see" opportunities to move forward is for them to have a job. And so it is incumbant on both the federal government and the private sector to foster employment opportunities since not everyone has the skills, knowledge or even the bravery (let alone the desire) to risk starting a business of their own.
Sorry that your wife had to endore such disrespect, but I think you totally misunderstand the caliber of student the Pres. wants to pursue a college education even from within the African-American community.Instead, someone needs to whip the work ethic in this country into shape. My wife just quit her job at a high school after three lectures because about 25 of her 30 students were disrespectful and one even physically assaulted her. The 2nd day of class, a student tried to insist the classroom door be open during lecture and tried to physically push my wife when she blocked to student from the door. This is the kind of punk Obama wants "entitled" to college? Instead, teach your "culture" the respect and work ethic to earn scholarships. This generalizes to requiring people to earn any type of aid desired.
Last edited by Objective Voice; 10-06-12 at 03:39 PM.
Whether or not he has succeeded in turning the nation into a European Socialist nation based upon Radical Karl's writings is not relevant to his fundamental beliefs. In addition to being steeped in Marxism he is also an opportunist. He is using fascism in the form of massive regulations to bring the nation to its knees, preparing it for more radical changes.
Things take time. Despite the radicalization of most of the Democratic Party Radical Barack could not move us to socialism in one term. But if Obamacare is not repealed that is our fate.