Some Criticize President Obama's Morehouse Speech and Message to Black Audiences

One person told the Washington Post that he and others "are beginning to grow weary" of the President talking about taking responsibility when he addresses mostly black groups.

Some people think President Obama needs to have a new message for black audiences.

Following the President's commencement address this past Sunday to Morehouse College graduates, the Washington Post published an article in which some criticized him for what they see as lecturing to black audiences about taking responsibility for their lives and communities.

What do you think of President Obama's message and tone to predominantly black audiences? Tell us in the comments section below.

Among those quoted in the article is Trevor Coleman, who worked as a speechwriter for a former Michigan governor. He told the newspaper that he and others "are beginning to grow weary" of President Obama's admonishments when addressing mostly black groups.

Coleman also pointed out who the President was speaking to on Sunday. He told the Washington Post: “What made it so gratuitous was this was Morehouse College! In the African American community, the very definition of a Morehouse man is someone who is a leader, who is taught to go out and make a difference in his community.”

The White House declined to comment, the article states.

See Cascade Patch's complete coverage of President Obama's commencement address at Morehouse College

Alice Pickett May 26, 2013 at 01:15 AM
I live very near to the Atlanta University complex. Sadly it is an area not many people would want to spend very much time. Obama, whom I did not support, is giving the right message. The people who graduated from Morehouse College do not provide leadership. At the meetings I attend, which are grassroots and all democratic led, the young people who should be providing leadership just want handouts. It is so sad. We are living in a city that has fostered the nurturing of minorities for over 25 years and the young leaders still are crying for help. It is very regrettable. There are those graduates that are moving on and they do not want to be involved. Quite frankly, I do not blame them. They are Americans just like me. They do not have to allow their lives to be led by the color of their skin. This is the freedom that America promised in the passage of the Civil Rights Bill. Thank you Obama for doing the right thing.
JM Hurricane May 26, 2013 at 06:12 AM
I think that the minority community is finally realizing, after five years, what a disconnected fraud this child man is. He absolutely doesn't care about you, heck he threw a 20 year pastor under the bus, Reverend Wright. He served his purpose with Chicago politics, however, when it came to the big leagues in DC, Wright became a useful idiot. Black unemployment stands at 15%, with black youth at 50%. Prisons are full with a majority of black offenders. Well hey, Barack is playing a round a golf with Tiger, then after they are going to strip clubs to hit on white women. Holla! He's a cool dude.
Saundra V Barrett May 28, 2013 at 09:21 PM
JM Hurricane, Really? Read your history; in particular about Willie Lynch then think about yourself. You should really be ashamed of yourself! SVB
jMichael May 31, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Wright IS an idiot. Obama found a great use for him. Blacks are underemployed because they are under-educated, under-skilled, and under the disadvantage of single-parent families of under-educated, under-skilled single mothers. Blacks are over-represented in prison because they are over-represented in street crime and drug use... The easiest and cheapest crimes to prove and prosecute. re: golf Cite evidence that his moments of relaxation exceed those of other presidents Re: strip clubs and womanizing Give evidence Re: his uncaring The Affordable Health Care Act and his recent attempts to derail Student Loan Fee rates belie your assertion. These are but two of many such examples.


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