Sunday, July 19, 2009

Black Folks & Governmental Responsibility

Most news organizations reporting on Barack Obama's speech for the NAACP marking its 100th anniversary framed the president's remarks as a critique of black America, advising African Americans that they can make "no excuses."

But columnist Eugene Robinson notes in an editorial Black America's New Reality that Obama had thoughts about how his remarks are presented.

Obama said:

I've noticed that when I talk about personal responsibility in the African American community, that gets highlighted. But then the whole other half of the speech, where I talked about government's responsibility . . . that somehow doesn't make news.

No comments: