He said “Junkie. Pothead. That’s where I’d been headed: the final fatal role of the young would-be black man” (pg. 93). This shows that President Obama was determined to change his ways and not become a stereotype and to be different from the rest. In the book, President Obama was so determined to change the society he had to ask himself a question stating, “Most of us weren’t interested in revolt; that most of us were tired of thinking about race all the time; that if we preferred to keep to ourselves it was mainly because that was the easiest way to stop thinking about it, easier than spending all your time mad or trying to guess whatever it was that white folks were thinking about you. So why couldn’t I let it go?” (Pg. 98). This proves that he wanted to instruct change because of what he experienced throughout his educational process. Mr. President brings to light the struggles and puts out the truth of what’s going on, stating, “There’s a struggle going on. I say, there’s a struggle going on! It’s happening an ocean away. But it’s a struggle that touches each and every one of us. Whether we know it or not. Whether we want it or not. A struggle that demands we choose sides. Not between white and black. Not between rich and poor. No-it’s a harder choice than that. It’s a choice between dignity and servitude. Between fairness and injustice. Between commitment and
President Barack Obama spoke his remarks at Howard University commencement ceremony for the class of 2016. This special moment in the speech is honoring people of color, especially African Americans and made history at this University, having the president to present his speech (Donnella). Obama explained how America was different
In Obama’s speech “A More Perfect Union”, he emphasizes the importance of unity among Americans. He wants people to overlook their ethnic backgrounds and join together as one. This speech brought out many points that Americans should take into consideration. That even though we are all from different backgrounds, we
President Barack Obama President Barack Obama did many things to get to the positions he is at now.” Obama himself struggled with his mixed-race identity and sought to figure out how he fit in with the rest of the world”(Source B). He also had many problems growing up and many complications to get through school since he didn’t have much money. But Obama showed great appreciation for the things he had. He went out in his community becoming a great leader. Not only did he go out in his community and be a leader, But he showed great leadership, as a senate and as a president.Barack Obama was more than just an ordinary President, but he showed great leadership, hard work and cared for others than himself.
Obama’s speech on race was a part of his campaign while he was running for the presidential election in 2009. He speaks to the American people with the purpose to gather them and with spirit of fellowship to creates a unity and patriotism. A unity where everyone stands together and in jointly could make the world a better place for everyone, no matter
President Barack Obama personality is one of a kind. Many people believes that there won’t be an another black president. Coates mentions “This would not happen again, and
In Barack Obama’s speech, “A More Perfect Union,” Obama made an effort to educate the American people on the history and importance of race in America. He explained how our nations founding fathers developed our Constitution based on the idea that all men are created equal, without actually practicing this idea themselves. He used the words of the Constitution to discuss the current racial issues and to state his concern of our imperfect nation. This was all in response to the very controversial remarks Barack Obama’s pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright had previously stated, which created much unease among Americans. Obama felt the need to address our nation about this specific problem, since he identifies as a black man himself, and offer a solution to end this built up anger and discrimination between the American people. In his speech, “A More Perfect Union,” Obama is able to clearly convey the specific racial problem at hand that created the exigency for this speech, as well as effectively share his own personal connection with this issue, in order to help fix our country and work together to find a beneficial solution.
Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.” Obama makes a note about the people who have resorted to signs and symbols as a way to take a side, whether it’s a protest or in a jury. People will look for meaning in things like signs and books, or things more serious like security tapes, or forensic evidence. He also addresses African American men, saying, “There are very few African American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store.” Obama takes into mind all the language, symbols, and stereotypes that African Americans face even to this day. Being a political figure, Obama would most likely interpret Campbell’s talk in a political way. There would be no favor to any certain topic that Campbell covered. Instead, Obama might consider the facts before crafting a response, as any smart political figure would do. He would be more likely to process Campbell’s talk emotionally. There is evidence of this in his speech about the Trayvon Martin shooting when he sympathized with the Martin family, and expressed his emotions about the tragedy multiple times. It’s hard to say whether or not his decision was influenced by race. On the surface, many people would say that his deeply emotional remarks could have been influenced by the fact that Martin was part of the African American community, but being the president requires a certain level of indifference when addressing
IV. POLITICAL ANALYSIS AND ALTERNATIVES: NOT IN THE HOUSE ON THE HILL With sponsorship from Republican Senator Grassley and currently with 14 Democrat and 12 Republican co-sponsors, including such ideological opposites as Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), the Sentencing Reforms and Corrections Act of 2015 is
“George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” these are the words that Kanye West spoke during a Hurricane Katrina fundraising concert. Not only did the sentiment expressed with those words resonate with many Americans watching the concert that day, but observing the post Hurricane Katrina aftermath some would go a step further and argue that the United States government doesn’t care about black people. Although there were several events in the history of this country that would lead one to the same conclusion it was the disproportionate suffering and devastation experienced by African Americans in New Orleans not only during Hurricane Katrina but long after the storm had passed that leads many to conclude that the United States
In his speech, he uses a lot of Logical appeals to get his point across. “We do not need to recite here the history of racial injustice in this country. But we do need to remind ourselves that so of the disparities that exist in the African American community today can be directly traced to inequalities passes on from an earlier generation that suffered under the brutal legacy of slavery and Jim Crow” (Obama 465).“But the anger is real; it is powerful; and to simply wish it away; to condemn it without understanding its roots, only serves to widen the chasm of misunderstanding that exists between the races” (Obama 466). “We would be making the same mistake that Reverend Wright made in his offending sermons about America-to simplify and stereotype
He acknowledges that the resentments of the black and white communities “aren’t always expressed in polite company,” but these resentments are manifested within our society in destructive ways, like racism (Obama, par. 31). The audience feels that he is knowledgeable and credible on the immediate topics affecting our future and our daily lives.
The election of President Obama marks the most noteworthy political accomplishment for African Americans in the United States during the post-civil rights revolution, thus bringing about a change in the country’s social and political landscape that was steeped in racial discrimination since the founding of this great nation. Because social and political conditions are subject to constant change, President Obama’s
Senator Barack Obama had many issues throughout his campaign. Obama’s speech, “A More Perfect Union”, delivered on March 18, 2008, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, conveyed many issues concerning racism throughout the United States, but it starts out stating how the founders of this nation constructed the Declaration of Independence, creating all
At this point in the campaign trail Obama is eight months away from voters heading to the booth and deciding who will be the next ruler of the free world. Obama being a black man, has obviously dealt with criticism involving his race, some saying his race is the only reason he’s gained the support he has so far, that “somehow an exercise in affirmative action” (Obama 2008). Obama tackles this race issue by pointing out that it's not something that reemerged all of sudden because he’s running for office but that this issue has been ingrained in America throughout history, the way he presents the issue and discusses what is next for Americans are in a form of jeremiad rhetoric. This form of rhetoric “a mainstream and deeply American way of thinking about the nation’s past, present, and future” (Murphy 2010), often used to demonstrate a community has failed to live up to what is meant to be common belief and indicates the idealistic place that we would be in if we atone and progress. The speech starts off with “We the people in order to form a perfect union” (Obama 2008), invoking the inaugural lines of the