Monday, July 20, 2009
President Obama delivered a heartfelt address at the NAACP's Centennial Convention, in which he acknowledged that though America has come a long way in reducing discrimination, we still have a long way to go. It's during speeches like these that the similarities between Obama and Martin Luther King, Jr. are undeniable. Here's a clip:
The first thing we need to do is make real the words of the NAACP charter and eradicate prejudice, bigotry, and discrimination among citizens of the United States. I understand there may be a temptation among some to think that discrimination is no longer a problem in 2009. And I believe that overall, there probably has never been less discrimination in America than there is today. I think we can say that. But make no mistake: the pain of discrimination is still felt in America, by African-American women paid less for doing the same work as colleagues of a different color and a different gender, by Latinos made to feel unwelcome in their own country, by Muslim Americans viewed with suspicion simply because they kneel down to pray to their god, by our gay brothers and sisters, still taunted, still attacked, still denied their rights. On the 45th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, discrimination cannot stand; not on account of color or gender, how you worship or who you love. Prejudice has no place in the United States of America.