ANALYSIS: Obama to Morehouse Men: Don’t Let the World ‘Keep a Black Man Down’

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“We’ve got no time for excuses – not because the bitter legacies of slavery and segregation have vanished entirely; they haven’t,” the president added. “Not because racism and discrimination no longer exist; that’s still out there.”

But not everyone was accepting of Obama’s speech. Paul Butler, a law professor at Georgetown University, said Obama’s address didn’t go far enough and that Obama should have told Morehouse students that he’s “sorry” for not doing more for black men.

Still, Obama has been focusing on a myriad of challenges facing young black men as he begins his second term in the White House.  Earlier this year, Obama traveled to the South Side of Chicago  and spoke to 16 black male students who are growing up poor, troubled, and some without fathers in their lives.

The students, who attend Hyde Park Academy High School, are part of an anti-youth violence program called “Becoming A Man” (B.A.M.) that teaches at-risk students about violence prevention, accountability, self-determination, positive anger expression and respect for women.

“This is very personal for him because he didn’t have a father,” Jarrett said of the president during a one-hour session at the White House with six African American journalists in February.  “He was raised by a single mom so he knows the challenges.”

“I think he takes his role as a mentor very seriously and he leads by example,” said Jarrett, perhaps the president’s most trusted White House confidant.

Meanwhile, at Morehouse College on Sunday, Obama urged students to be responsible black men.

“Keep setting an example for what it means to be a man,” the president said. “Be the best husband to your wife, or boyfriend to your partner, or father to your children that you can be. Because nothing is more important.”

“I know that when I’m on my deathbed someday, I won’t be thinking about any particular legislation I passed, or policy I promoted; I won’t be thinking about the speech I gave, or the Nobel Prize I received,” Obama said. “I’ll be thinking about a walk I took with my daughters. A lazy afternoon with my wife. Whether I did right by all of them.”

(Photo: AP)

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23 thoughts on “ANALYSIS: Obama to Morehouse Men: Don’t Let the World ‘Keep a Black Man Down’

  1. What has he done for you lately? He is not black, he “mixed.” He calls himself an American. Wake up black people. Could the white man have done you worse? Are your children working? Are you working? Do you live as well as he does? Do you eat everyday? Do you have a BETTER place to live? Do you have a BETTER job? Do you have MORE money in the bank?

    We are praying on Sunday, “Lord please bless Barack Obama and his family.” Look at his history prior to becoming President. How many blacks were on his Senate staff? How many blacks had key positions in his campaign? How many blacks hold number one positions in his administration?

    What are we thinking well thinkers?

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  6. The President or “POTUS” hadn’t mentioned any of this when you all were trying to get the Oprah Winphery[sic] party elected had he T.J.M.S.!? So as it seems Newt Gingrich was right after all wasn’t he?

  7. The photo of all of these young black men graduating from college is quite a “Kodak” moment!! It was simply beautiful!!!

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  9. Blacks struggle all over the world… not only in the U.S. Even the Japanese rebuilt their country bigger and better after America bombed the heck out of them. The Jews bounced back after the holocaust. Blacks lack intellect, plain and simple. I don’t know why, there are a few who stand out, but overall, blacks are less intelligent than the rest.

    • THE SPEECH OUR PRESIDENT HAS MADE TO THE UP AND COMING MEN OF OUR CULTURE WAS A MESSAGE TO US ALL , AND I BELIEVE TO EXPRESS THE CLIMATE HE HAS BEEN IN FROM THE VERY START. I AM NOT SURPRISED BY OUR IGNORANT COMMENT, AFTER ALL IT SHOWS YOUR LACK OF INTELLIGENCE AND MAKES OUR PRESIDENTS SPEECH EVEN MORE IMPORTANT AS MEN OF AFRICAN ANCESTRY.

    • Candy : “less intelligent than the rest” of who??!! What an insult!! Perhaps you are not intelligent if you think there aren’s very many intelligent black people. Are there a bunch of dumb A’s? Of course there are in ALL ethnic groups. But there are also millions of very intelligent black people. You need to get out more, and broaden the scope of black people you come in contact with.

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  11. And by the way Paul; have you asked the NAACP, CBC, and other so-called black organizations, and the LOCAL black politicians, and officials in IN EVERY CITY in America to apologize for not doing enough for black men. In fact some of the forementioned haven’t done anything for black men. It starts with the locally elected politicians. Were all of the naysayers speaking out on this issue before Obama became President??!! I think not!!

  12. Paul Butler needs to shut the H up. Until Paul has become President, and had to deal with the zillions of things going on in this country, and the world…..he needs to take a seat. And did Paul really say the President needs to apologize to black men??!! Clearly Paul has no clue. To me it sounds like Paul doesn’t have common sense. In short President Obama is damned if he does, and damned if he doesn’t try to do/say something.

  13. Wildflower I AGREE!!!!!! This is one of those situations where they say “If you don’t have anything nice to say; don’t say it at all.”

  14. See this is our problem, people like Paul Butler. This was a very special moment for these young men and instead of keeping this push positive Mr. Butler felt the need to criticize instead of encourage. What he needs to do is lose that crab mentality and support his sister’s and brothers in a positive way and when he feels the need to point out someone elses short comings ask himself first what has he done to promote progress in his community.

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