Obama Needs to Stop Lecturing Predominantly Black Audiences, Some Supporters Say

Vanessa Williams, Washington Post, May 20, 2013

Trevor Coleman thinks it’s time for President Obama to get a new speech for black audiences. The personal responsibility finger-wagging, delivered most recently Sunday at Morehouse College’s commencement, is getting old.

During the speech, Obama admonished black men to take care of their families and their communities and told the graduates that despite the lingering legacies of slavery and discrimination, “we’ve got no time for excuses.” Obama also used the occasion to talk about his own life, touching on the fact that he was raised by a single mother and that growing up he sometimes blamed some of his bad choices on “the world trying to keep a black man down.”

The half-hour speech in Atlanta drew a rousing response from those who had sat in pouring rain waiting for the president to speak.

Coleman, a former speechwriter for former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm, said that although parts of the talk were strong and lofty, including passages honoring Morehouse graduate Martin Luther King Jr., he was disappointed that Obama almost always defaults to the clean-up-your-act message when talking to predominantly black audiences. First lady Michelle Obama issued a similar tongue-lashing last week at Bowie State University’s commencement ceremony. She told graduates at the historically black Maryland school that too many young people are “fantasizing about being a baller or a rapper.”

“The first couple of times, it was okay, but I and a lot of other people are beginning to grow weary of it,” said Coleman, adding that the message was particularly galling at Sunday’s event at the historically black Georgia school. “What made it so gratuitous was this was Morehouse College! In the African American community, the very definition of a Morehouse man is someone who is a leader, who is taught to go out and make a difference in his community.” (The White House declined comment.)

Obama has been making this point—and stirring controversy—since he was a candidate in 2008. Jesse Jackson Sr. was incensed by what he saw as Obama’s “talking down to black people,” yet it was Jackson who was criticized. Many in the black community believed that Obama’s chastisements were necessary to make himself politically palatable to white voters.

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  • Trevor Coleman thinks it’s time for President Obama to get a new speech
    for black audiences. The personal responsibility finger-wagging,
    delivered most recently Sunday at Morehouse College’s commencement, is
    getting old.

    What he means is that he’s upset that the over-glorified teleprompter-reader-in-chief isn’t making enough excuses for black people.

    • The Bobster

      Oh, he made plenty of them the other day.

      http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-uses-commencement-address-recall-jim-crow-racism_724896.html

      Every one of you has a grandma or an uncle or a parent whose told you at some
      point in life as an African American you have to work twice as hard as anyone
      else if you want to get by.

      • joemcgee

        The reason african Americans have to work twiace as hard is they don’t know [HOW] to work. So anything they attempt is that much harder.

        • AllSeeingEyeSpy

          haha

        • crusader wars needed

          ? so how hard do you work?

          • joemcgee

            Actually, because I was taught from a very early age the rudiments of work, I never worked hard or otherwise a day in my life because I loved what i did so much.

      • sbuffalonative

        If it were true, black majority town, cities, nations, and businesses should be thriving and surpassing white majority town, cities, nations, and businesses.

        One would think they would DEMAND we stay away from them so they can soar.

      • toldev

        When you’re half as smart you do have to work twice as hard.

        • joemcgee

          One of the interesting things about blacks is they’re always running late for anything and everything. I was foreman on a job years ago and we were unloading steel in the street (nyc) shortly after 7AM and I started seeing all these blacks running onto the jobsite (from all different Trades, late for work. From then on I’ve noticed how blacks are always late.
          Also years ago, I took my wife to the train station to go to Florida. I put my wife aboard the train and stuck around in the station to make sure the train left in time. Sure enough, when the train had just left a horde of blacks ran into the station, loudly asking if the Fla. train had left.
          They were late when God gave out the brains as well.

          • john boggs

            I agree wholeheartedly. Are you a union ironworker? I’m out of Local 401.

          • joemcgee

            Yep, Local 361. I’ve worked out of Philly.

          • Ariel

            Your post is ignorant and politically inaccurate! To imply that Blacks are the only individuals that are constantly late is not only incorrect but prejudice. I work at a very diverse company, and I must say all nationalities are as, you put it, “running on the job” 5 to 7 minutes late. Where is the proof to support this argument? Please keep such slander to yourself because derogatory comments such as this is keeping racism alive in America!

    • me

      “Many in the black community believed that Obama’s chastisements were necessary to make himself politically palatable to white voters.” AS IF!
      Ha! It’s whitey’s fault again! LOL! POTUS’ political career is SO over, that he might as well just start packing his bags now….

      • OlderWoman

        ‘ POTUS’ political career is SO over, that he might as well just start packing his bags now….’

        How I wish he would be impeached. Or anything to remove his black ___ from the White House. I want to see him insulted and his time in office to be recorded as a black scar in American History.

      • 1proactive2

        Sorry to be such a killjoy, but there’s nothing that Obama would do to dissuade or discourage his devoted sheeple, black, brown, or white. He and the Democrats in congress know what works, aka, “the magic formula”, and it’s free “entitlements” from cradle to grave compliments of the taxpayer. He could run over his grandmother with a tractor, and his slaves would give him a pass – after blaming Bush or Republicans, of course. This black liberal Santa is here to stay.

        • Sloppo

          I know a white lady who supports Obama. The other day she told me all about a bunch of stuff she knows about Cher’s family (from Sonny and Cher) and they stuff they are doing these days, bla, bla, bla. After she went on a pretty good while about that stuff, I asked her what she thinks about all these scandals surrounding Obama. “Oh I really haven’t paid much attention to that stuff” she replied. I didn’t even try to go any farther with that discussion because it was clear that the critical thinking part of her brain is either absent of switched off. I really would like to know what happened to make her that way.

          • David Ashton

            Sadly all sorts of people “think” like that, and they all have one vote each, like you.

  • sbuffalonative

    …he was disappointed that Obama almost always defaults to the clean-up-your-act message when talking to predominantly black audiences

    Blacks don’t like being told they’re not victims of ‘racism’.

  • The__Bobster

    The spoonies are all ooking, “W T F, I thought the reason for being a black Democrat is that you’re not held responsible for any of your actions.”

  • Maybe we could try out something like race-based preferences for employment, colleges, mortgages, etc.

    That should appease da Brothas N Sistas, ya think??

  • PDK

    One need only cursorily read the news online these days of late to sense where we are, and further, perhaps even more importantly, to sense where we are headed as a collective. Here in America, the land of Euro-whites, from our distant relatives the Solutreans, the original founders and inhabitants of the new continent, to our more contemporary relatives of Christopher Columbus and of course, our Founding Fathers, we non-liberal whites find ourselves at war with our own fellow white liberals and their allies, the losers of the world, for ideological supremacy.

    Liberals are the immature. Immaturity denies reality and substitutes a preferred illusion in said reality’s stead. Further, immaturity accepts unconditionally, that those who are immature have the right to practice guile, to cheat, and equally embrace the counterpoint, that maturity is denied access to this same, very particular tool of social chess.

    Non-liberal whites must fight clean, whilst white liberals and their allies have an inherit right to fight dirty.

    The B.H.Obama Presidency, his administration, and the liberal democrat party have embraced the immature “right to Cheat” strategy to the point that genuine crimes against the state, perhaps crimes of high treason, are committed but not prosecuted and worse, the liberal culprits, be they white or be they black, are allowed to skirt the responsibility of their crimes.

    Fast and furious, our southern border, Benghazi, illegal phone tapping and the current IRS fiasco targeting non-liberal whites, all reflect, with great clarity, the accepted rules of engagement, in our ideological war, as the white liberals and their loser allies prescribe them to be.

    B.H.Obama and Eric Holder, the two mulatto black, current leaders of our government today, are and will, walk away clean, with their dirty hands, from their employed illegal tactics, designed to hasten and complete, the transmogrification of our Founding Father’s free enterprise Republic for white winners, to their socialist democracy for white liberal losers, and their lower IQed allies, the blacks, the browns, the Islamics and others, the losers of humanity.

    In a 1987 movie release, an Arnold Schwarzenegger, futuristic sci-fi picture set in the year 2017, just 4 years from now, “The Running Man”, where the entire collective is held under the sway of an illusion, which further, the powers that be of said illusion, protect and defend that illusion via indoctrination of all and corrective thinking indoctrination for those who see through the illusion, and begin the fight for freedom anew.

    This is so apropos to the illusion of the liberal ideology of today, both of the white liberal ideology, and the black, “social justice” ideology, together, two peas in the same pod, the pod whereby all non-liberal whites must sacrifice themselves to the liberal ideology of the “White man’s burden”, allowing the losers to become winners, and forcing winners to become losers, in a total abrogation and abomination of nature herself.

    The white race and gene pool, as evidence by the white races’ accomplishments of the last millennium, stands above the other races; it is they who parasitize us, not the other way around. For white liberals to blame non-liberal whites, for the other sub-species of human’s failures and in capabilities, is insanity. To follow up and further this insane ideology by giving our white, cultural wealth and white, gene pool treasures to those non-white, other sub-species, losers of the world humans, is an act of sacrilege and a transgression of nature, the equivalent of Lucifer attempting to usurp God to serve his own selfish desires, including achieving superiority, via guile, at the collectives expense.

    Our white cultural treasure lost to this insanity is only outweighed by our white gene pool lost to this same insanity, for our posterity should be our white race’s most cherished valuable.

    Secession is the answer, the only answer. PDK?Kelto-Scandic Secessionist: Thank you.

    • sbuffalonative

      If liberals believed anything they say, they would be demanding secession. Then they could create their liberal Utopia.

      However, liberals know they can’t fund and support their dream without productive people to fund their ideological fantasy.

      We don’t need them but they need us.

      • Bill

        And the same can be said about blacks. We don’t need them, but they sure need US, even while they hate us and resent their inabilities compared to our abilities to create thriving economies, safe neighborhoods, and healthy cities.

      • PDK

        That is correct sbuff and Bill, we non-liberal whites have been enslaved by white liberals and their alliance of low IQed blacks, browns and Islamics.
        Without us, those losers would perish. Which BTW, I would not mind. Thanks

  • The half-hour speech in Atlanta drew a rousing response from those who had sat in pouring rain waiting for the president to speak ….. about the “legacies of slavery and discrimination” and …. on “the world trying to keep a black man down.”
    .
    Same story, different speaker, different day. It is never going to end.
    .
    Let’s look at a few except’s from Michelle’s speech:
    .
    I also want to recognize today’s Presidential Medal of Excellence recipient, Professor Freeman Hrabowski, who’s a for-real brother as well.
    .
    For generations, in many parts of this country, it was illegal for black people to get an education. Slaves caught reading or writing could be beaten to within an inch of their lives. Anyone — black or white — who dared to teach them could be fined or thrown into jail.
    .
    In one Eastern Shore town, a teacher reported to work one morning to find that someone had smashed the windows of her schoolhouse. Other black schools across Maryland were burned to the ground.
    .
    Folks like Ariel Williams-Edwards, one of today’s graduates. [Applause] Yeah, Ariel! Ariel’s mother struggled with substance abuse, and Ariel and her sister were removed from her care and sent to live with their grandmother. But Ariel decided to draw inspiration from her struggle — she majored in Social Work so she could help families like hers.

    .
    A for-real brother, the daughter of a junkie, the perils facing the black scholar, and the obligatory mention of slavery.

    • StillModerated

      A lot of the black schools were funded by an agitator called Matthew Maury. Some idiot erected a statue of him on Monument Avenue in Richmond.

    • Keeping it real

      MAYBE, just maybe, teaching blacks was against the law because the ones in charge back then knew it was a waste of time and money.

  • Vanga

    The only value to having a black politician in office is that he can say things to black people that others can’t say. I say, go Obama! Keep lecturing blacks on their pathologies. If he had gone and spoken to an urban high school and told them to stop acting like n-s, even I would have voted for him.

    • White Mom in WDC

      What else is he going to say to them?

  • pcmustgo

    He needs to stop lecturing whites, as do all of Blacks and white liberals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • brengunn

    Not surprising at all. As far as I can tell, for some black commentators anyone regardless of colour can not criticize negative black behavior. They will be labeled either an uncle Tom or a racist.

  • Jefferson

    You know Black America is extremely far left of center, when even Hussein Obama is not seen as being left wing enough for them on the issue of race. I always see and hear Black Americans complaining that Obama does not use the race card enough against Whitey and that he needs to use it more often.

    Basically they want Obama to be more like Al Sharpton.

    • Sue

      I don’t think they’re far left. I doubt it’s political at all. It’s simply black, all black.

      • Mr. E

        Blacks are far left economically, but right on some social issues. Blacks
        look down on homosexuals and transsexuals. If Blacks could rewrite the Constitution, however, they would include a free house for everyone and a job with a generous salary as a right. In fact, MLK promoted these ideas.

        • Sue

          I think we’re close to the same thing. Let’s call it semantics.

        • Bill

          They have no morality when it comes to sex. They just pretend they do. One of the seven morons who committed the heinous Christian Newsome murders and torture had male pornography on his phone, and is believed to be the one who raped the male part of the tortured couple. Moreover it is a KNOWN fact that MLK swung both ways, often with one or more of his “adivisors” when nothing else was available. And don’t even get me started on black family values.

  • bigone4u

    Arrogant blacks even turn on their own for simply advising them to act civiilized. No hope for them. None whatsoever.

    • Paleoconn

      Not really turning on their own, since they’d still vote for him at 98%.

  • APaige

    Well maybe if blacks actually listened and ‘cleaned-up their act’, they would not have to listen to people tell them too. But I guess it is as effective as having a stop the violence rally-they always seem to work.

    • Bill

      Stop the violence rallies are like very other black gathering. There are sure to be shots fired.

  • Talltrees

    Yes, his speech must have been a Freudian slip from his White side.

  • Here is a fairly good link with HBCU graduation rates for I believe 2010:

    http://hbcu-levers.blogspot.com/2013/05/hbcu-profiles.html#more

    • itdoesnotmatter

      Thanks for the link, r j p.
      My god. High percentage on PELL grants, disgraceful graduation rates. [Except online degrees, a joke]

    • OlderWoman

      Tennessee State Univ. is now claiming that 1,800 of their students are on the Dean’s list.

      Yeah, right. Waiting for evidence that the professors altered the test results.
      *crickets*

  • John R

    So, blacks think the message “clean up your act; take responsibility; don’t make excuses” is getting old? Hmmm…..I can think of plenty of messages that we white people hear all the time from blacks and white liberals that are “getting old” for me.

  • JohnEngelman

    Coleman, a former speechwriter for former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm, said that although parts of the talk were strong and lofty, including passages honoring Morehouse graduate Martin Luther King Jr., he was disappointed that Obama almost always defaults to the clean-up-your-act message when talking to predominantly black audiences. First lady Michelle Obama issued a similar tongue-lashing last week at Bowie State University’s commencement ceremony. She told graduates at the historically black Maryland school that too many young people are “fantasizing about being a baller or a rapper.”

    – Vanessa Williams, Washington Post, May 20, 2013

    Blacks have a rate of violent crime that is eight times the white rate. They have an illegitimacy rate that is three times the white rate. They tend to perform poorly on mental aptitude tests and in the class room.

    Somebody needs to tell them to clean up their act. It is a shame that more people are not telling them, and that is dangerous for white people to tell them.

    • David Ashton

      What do the “opinion polls” say?

    • HKwills

      What does your rabbi say ?

      • JohnEngelman

        There is nothing wrong with having a rabbi and being a Jew, and many things right. Ashkenazi Jews are the most superior racial group in existence.

        However, I am a traditional Episcopalian, AKA an Anglican.

  • StillModerated

    Next year he can lecture the homosexuals graduating from Oberlin.

  • Paleoconn

    Blacks don’t like to be told to get their act together. Nor do they like to be told that not everything is YT’s fault.

  • Funruffian

    Obama was treating these future felons, enbezzlers and rapists with Kid gloves. If the Black President can’t convince them to stay in line and abide by Natural law I doubt the rest of Americans are willing to clean up their mess. That is what is getting OLD, Ms. Williams. I could care less about these obligatory speeches to fellow brothas, but the bottom-line is that everyday the majority of Blacks prove they are unfit for civilization.

  • robinbishop34

    I think Obama’s teleprompter went to Morehouse.

  • xstormbringerx

    I would just prefer seeing him do the last of his talking during his trial.

  • Bardon Kaldian

    It’s useless, whatever the purpose. Leopard cannot change its spots.

  • dave1163sag

    wait a second,an all black college? what if whites had an all white college. i thought the liberals like diversity. i think the diversity police should tell the all black college that they need to add more whites,hispanics,asians,muslims,indians,etc. until they divesify the college it will have to stop all federal grants and scolorships. having an all black college is racist.

  • Otto

    Humm