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    July 16, 2009

    "Prejudice has no place in the United States of America"

    Posted by: Andoni


    From President Obama's address today at the 100th anniversary of the NAACP (National Association of Colored People):

    "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 gender. By Latinos made to feel unwelcome in their own country.  By Muslim Americans viewed with suspicion for simply kneeling down to pray. By our gay brothers and sisters, still taunted, still attacked, still denied their rights.

    On the 45th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, discrimination must not 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."

    An interesting clause in Obama's recounting the history of the Civil Rights Movement, was, "and presidents had to be pressured into action...."

    He has told our community this very thing about our rights, as well. Let's not forget it.

    You can also view the full speech here.

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    1. Chuck on Jul 18, 2009 3:01:51 PM:

      Several thousand words to address the Afro-American experience.

      On the LGBT-American experience, not so much.

      Exactly 14 words in all!

      Well, at least we got honorable mention. That's better than Bush or McCain would have given us.

    1. Lucrece on Jul 19, 2009 12:07:27 PM:

      Um, considering it was a speech on an organization dedicated to the advancement of African Americans, OF COURSE IT'S GOING TO FOCUS ON RACE RATHER THAN SEXUAL ORIENTATION.

    1. Chuck on Jul 20, 2009 1:31:50 PM:

      Exactly my point, Lucrece.

      When is Obama going to stand before an organization dedicated to the advancement of LGBT Americans, giving a speech with as many words as the one he gave before the NAACP?

    1. Lucrece on Jul 20, 2009 11:10:55 PM:

      He won't. The comparable example would be when we get a gay president to deliver a speech one of our organizations.

    1. robert on Jul 22, 2009 10:14:06 AM:

      he needs to put his words into action, we have no time to wait for our rights.

    1. Keith on Jul 28, 2009 3:55:50 PM:

      Andrew Sullivan is correct. Follow the money and you will find your answers. I have written my last check to the Democrats though. And even if Jesus Christ came back and ran on their ticket I would vote Libertarian next time. And yes it might be throwing my vote away. But I have a trash can full of thrown away votes from the past 25 years already. What's another one.

    1. Cialis Online on Sep 21, 2009 10:38:54 AM:

      this is a great paragraph "Prejudice has no place in the United States of America"

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