A speech is considered a great speech when it gives an important insight into todays world that nobody has realized yet, when it gives hope for the future, when it inspires people to try for higher goals in life, when it shows that a better future is possible. The speech that Barack Obama gave on the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther Kings great civil rights speech was neither of these. Obama gave a speech that was from another time and place that no longer exists, it was playing the race card in the most shameless manner that has ever been done. It was a speech that might have had some meaning in the year 1960, but it had nothing to do with todays world.
Obama gave a speech that was right in line with race hustlers like Al Sharpton and Jessee Jackson. Obama was abusing African Americans in a way that hasn’t been seen outside the KKK. It was a speech designed to keep African Americans down, choking in poverty. It inspired nobody at all.
When Obama said:
“But 100 years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition”.
Where is the segregation he is talking about? Nowhere in America, not in any state, not in any city, not in any town is there a sign that reads “Whites Only”. All these signs are gone in the dust bin of history. Today the people who wrote these signs are gone, or are ashamed that they even put up these signs.
How can Obama say that: “the negro lives on a lonely island of poverty”, when one of the richest black women in the world, Oprah Winfrey, is by his side. When many black athlets like Tiger Woods live in grand manshions and drive the most expensive cars in the world today, and have bank accounts that total in the hundreds of millions.
Barack Obama is among the forces that are keeping African Americans in poverty. He is keeping them down for his own financial gain and for the good of the Democratic Party that thrives on misery and poverty for the sake of getting votes.
150 years ago, when slavery existed in America, it also existed in most of the rest of the world. But the rest of the world has gotten rid of this shame of slavery. They do not want the stain that such memories bring. But for the African American, they emprace the suffering of slavery. It is part of the suffering that has taken root in their comfort zone. They relish the memories, it’s their own identity, and they profit from the many government programs provided because of it.
African Americans who are living in poverty today are doing so by imposing it on themselves. They live in a culture that promotes gangster rap and crime; it’s a culture that turns them away from the sources of wealth and success. Education is frowned on, decent clothes and proper english are looked on in disdain. A life of crime is glorified in their music, a love of family and children is nowhere to be found. And because of this, they live in a world without support, they have no source of encouragement or love to succeed because their culture scornes this.
Nowhere in the Obama speech did he encourage them to obey the law, get an education and do not have kids until they are in a stable marriage. These are the basics to success in life, they are the path way to the good life. But Obama is not showing them this path way; the path Obama is showing them is the path to continued failure, jail and drug use.
The speech Obama gave is a slap in the face to all the brave men and women, both black and white, who have struggled and worked hard to end segregation in housing and schools; and to create a society with equal rights and equal opportunities for all. It was a speech that did not recognize the 16 trillion dollars that has been spent since the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1960.
But the greatest failure of the Obama speech was not to recognize the extent to which the African American can rise up to today, because if a black American can become the president of the United States, then today there is no barrier to how high an African American can rise to today. But this, has not been recognized by the first black American to become Americans president. The first black American President, is today the poorest, sadest black American in the nations history. If he can understand this while he flies in his tax payer provided jet to one of his multi million dollar vacations, then we will truly have our first black American leader.
Jose Lugo, founder DDTV.ORG