President Obama to NAACP: “No Excuses”

By Nitya

Jul 17, 2009 9:39am

The President gave an impassioned address to the NAACP in New York City last night.

"We've got to say to our children," the president said, "'Yes, if you're African American, the odds of growing up amid crime and gangs are higher, yes, if you live in a poor neighborhood, you will face challenges that somebody in a wealthy suburb does not have to face.  But that's not a reason to get bad grades, that's not a reason to cut class, that's not a reason to give up on your education and drop out of school. No one has written your destiny for you.  Your destiny is in your hands — you cannot forget that.'

"That's what we have to teach all of our children," the president said to applause. "No excuses. No excuses."

At another point in the speech he said, "when I drive through Harlem or I drive through the South Side of Chicago and I see young men on the corners, I say, there but for the grace of God go I. They're no less gifted than me.  They're no less talented than me. But I had some breaks."

You can read more about the speech HERE.

- jpt

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