Racism Is No Excuse, Obama Tells Black Grads
Encourages Morehouse grads to overcome inequality, give back to community
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2013 3:20 PM CDT
President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks during the Morehouse College 129th Commencement ceremony.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – Obama delivered the commencement speech at the historically black, all-male Morehouse College today, encouraging graduates to use their education to help others in their communities, act as role models to other young black men, and to achieve success in spite of racism, rather than using it as an excuse to for failure, reports Politico. "Growing up ... sometimes I wrote off my own failings as just another example of the world trying to keep a black man down," he said.

"We’ve got no time for excuses—not because the bitter legacies of slavery and segregation have vanished entirely; they haven’t," Obama told the 500 grads. "It’s not because racism and discrimination no longer exist; that’s still out there. It’s just that in today’s hyperconnected, hypercompetitive world, with a billion young people from China and India and Brazil entering the global workforce alongside you, nobody is going to give you anything you haven’t earned." Read the full text of the speech at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Ivan_the_Gypsy
May 21, 2013 12:24 AM CDT
Obama has the nerve to advise graduates when he's the biggest number one ego-driven vulture in the U. S. He's also number one in reviving racism in the U. S. and he and his cronies are doing a great job at it.
NorCalHal
May 20, 2013 9:49 PM CDT
Hey, it worked for you!
Fatquah
May 20, 2013 8:27 PM CDT
Obama's the biggest racist bigot around today.