CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. July 17, 2009: America`s first black President made his first address as head of state to the nation`s oldest black organization on Thursday and insisted there can be `no excuse` for failure by blacks.
Sounding like a black church minister at times, President Barack Obama, insisted that black parents must accept responsibilities of parenting and put away the Xbox and put their kids to bed at a reasonable hour. On the 100th anniversary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Obama also spoke directly to black children, across America, insisting that growing up poor is no reason to get bad grades.
While he acknowledged there is still discrimination in America, he insisted that all obstacles can be overcome.
`No one has written your destiny for you,` he said, directing his remarks to `all the other Barack Obamas out there` who might one day grow up to be president. `Your destiny is in your hands, and don`t you forget that. That`s what we have to teach all of our children! No excuses! No excuses!`
Speaking for 45 minutes to the audience gathered at the Hilton New York hotel, Obama touched on both the history of the NAACP, the black civil rights struggle, and the issues of today, the disparity in education by blacks and Latinos, compared to Whites, as well as joblessness and lack of health care.
But he insisted that black America must quit internalizing that they cannot succeed because of social situations. And he warned that black children must aspire to be more than rappers and `ballers.`
`They might think they`ve got a pretty jump shot or a pretty good flow,` Obama said, `but our kids can`t all aspire to be 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 of America.`