Monday, June 20, 2005

Obama calls for black men to control the circumstances in which they live

While one Illinois Senator is busy clouding the Democratic message, the other exhorted fathers in the black community to earn the love and respect of their children by acting like “full grown” men and living their values.

Barack Obama’s Father’s Day message to the congregation at Christ Universal Temple was one of accepting accountability and creating opportunity. In the message, Obama said:

too many fathers "engage in childish things, who are more concerned about what they want than what's good for other people."


He encouraged black fathers to set an example of excellence for their children, take responsibility for their own actions, foster education and live their values, and promote kindness and hope in their children.

This is a message that we can all support – regardless of race. And, it’s a message that is making Barack Obama a leading contender for the Presidency either in 2008 or beyond.

3 Comments:

At 3:50 PM, Blogger Jonathan C said...

I wonder if Sen. Obama will face the same citicsm that Bill Cosby has for the past few years.

True, Obama's comments were more nuanced and less jarring, but hey, Barak is a politian and Bill is a commedian. What do you expect?

 
At 1:06 PM, Blogger Joe Weedon said...

Obama seems - at least so far - to be able to say what he feels to black audiences without any of the backlash that has typically accompanied similar statements.

Though, I think this could be a very real issue if/when he runs on a national ticket.

 
At 2:11 PM, Blogger SLH said...

Don't fall into the hype. Barack is the man of the hour, but that doesn't mean that his opinions will reach the audience he intended them for. As far as gestures are concerned you can't fault him for trying, but in the end his comments will be as relevant to Black men as Mr. Cosby's (Who is a PhD, which makes the comedian argument null-and-void.

 

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