“We’ve got to say to our children, 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 someone in a wealthy suburb does not have to face. 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 can not forget that. That’s what we need to teach all our children: no excuses.”
– Obama talking to the NAACP yesterday
In fact, here’s the speech and you should definitely take a look. Because I think that after you watch it you’ll understand why it’s one that only Obama could give. And the quote above can be found about 24 minutes in and it gets one of the biggest rounds of applause.
I wonder if Jesse Jackson is furious…