No More Excuses!

July 28, 2013 | Revolution Newspaper |


This past May, Barack Obama told graduates at Morehouse College :

"We know that too many young men in our community continue to make bad choices. And I have to say, growing up, I made quite a few myself. And I have to confess, sometimes I wrote off my own failings as just another example of the world trying to keep a black man down…. But one of the things you've learned over the last four years is that there's no longer any room for excuses."


Here's what we've learned from the last four hundred years:

No more excuses...

For slavery: For the crack of the master's whip, for the maiming and killing of runaway slaves, for the dehumanization of a people...

For Jim Crow: For "whites only" laws, for Black men lynched for looking at a white woman "the wrong way," for not stepping off the sidewalk, or for doing nothing at all....

For the New Jim Crow: For more than a million Black and Latino people in jail, for rampant police brutality and murder, and now for a verdict that says any racist can kill any Black youth anywhere, any time, for anything.

And most of all:



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