Saturday, July 18, 2009

Obama at the NAACP

Obama addressed the NAACP as the first black president. It was historic.

He gave a rousing speech. He applauded black civil rights leaders. He warned that racial barriers persist. He noted the disproportionate impact of the health care and economic crises on the black community. He touted education as essential to improving the lives of children. He urged parents to stay involved. He encouraged young people to find role models beyond sports or music.

And, he failed to mention that 70% of African Americans are now being born to single moms, to be raised in single parent homes. The inevitable result is lower family economic status, less parental supervision, and more dysfunction. It's a tough issue to bring up. But, if the issue is not addressed, it's just another pretty speech.

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