Barack Obama’s Democratic Presidential Candidate Acceptance Speech
When are people going to get it…man is not about black and white…had he mention Dr. King then you’re isolating race!!…This is about uniting…he’s not running from history. Had he had made that is focal point…then it’s not a democratic speech is a preaching speech about blacks progressing.
That’s why blacks do not progress…
I love and embrassed Cornell West…I understand what his point is, but what about the MLK tribute during the evening ceremony?
It’s almost like they are suggesting, since Obama didn’t name drop then the effectiveness of his speech has been limited.
come on… no matter what Barack does there will be some questioning of his blackness.
When are people going to get it…is not about black and white…had Hillary been nominated as the democratic candidate , could you envision she talking about woman rights to vote as her focal point? All men in there would of felt so out of place…you can’t do that….when you’re campaigning…for voters. You cannot isolate your self based on gender and race those are 2 very sensitive things when you want to acquire votes accross the nation.
SMHDH with these 2 bafoons.
can anyone say “hi haters”?
Am I the only one who heard him mention Martin Luther King
I co sign 100
these ppl need to get over why he didnt mention this and that…..when u finally got a black men running for president and he needs all the votes he can get you dont bash at him on television for not mentioning some irrelevant facts especially when the ones that are bashing at him are balck
Those folks are HATERS. The campaign is not about black folks & honoring the black race ONLY. Ridiculous.
Is no surprise that Dr King served as inspiration to all of us…again..this is not about black and white…it just so happens that a black or mixed candidate is nominated for on the democratic side…sometimes is a shame that us blacks think we need to celebrate all the time and rub it in the faces of the whites…Dr King did a phenomenal job…no one compares to him…he changed America..but at the same time …he’s movement is not Obama’s movement…this is totally different. yes we’re proud to see him succeed..but please stop with the fucking black and white card.
There is a reason why he received most votes not because he’s black or white..because he’s doing a beautiful job.campaigning……had it been that lady or Cornell West they would of looked like 2 bafoons…and make it about blacks in America blah blah blah …complaining..is not about blacks in America is about America!!!!!!!!!!!!
at least criticise his policies he outlined, not the fact that he didnt mention MLK more than once.
Yeah obama sure did miss out on saying those things but I think he wanted to say them but didnt for a reason! Wai tuntil he gets in office than he will start talking about that stuff.
” You see me… Hi Hater ”
Obama got Swag, they dont… and thats why he’s the nominee and they arent.
They honored MLK IN THE AFTERNOON AND HAD MLK SON SPEAKING ..AND JAMES CLYBURN SPEAKING WHO WAS ACTUALLY AT THE MARCH OF WASHINGTON….MAN WE CANT PROGRESS IF WE KEEP FINDING NONISSUES TO PICK ON…AHHH SOOO MUCH HATERS..DAMN CAN HE BREATH..IF YOU DONT HAVE NOTHING GOOD TO SAY DONT SAY NOTHING AT ALL
I actually watched Tavis’ show last night after Obama’s speech and it wasn’t until then had I even realized that Obama didn’t talk about MLK. It bugs me that everyone seems to have a checklist of things Obama has to say and if he doesn’t say everything then the speech is considered a disappointment.
I thought Obama did what needed to be done. He attacked McCain head on, outlined what his plans were, and put the focus on the American people.
Of course he could have mentioned the anniversary of “I have a Dream” but he is no less black in my eyes because he didnt. Im sure 2/3 of black America had no idea of it anyway.
Yesterday was Obama’s day to make history. Him accepting the nomination was an historic moment in its own right…he doesn’t need to tie it to every other historic black moment
I can’t watch this right now, but if they are really crticising Barack…THEY CAN GO TO HELL.
Black people’s biggest problem? HATIN.
and Obam DID talk about MLK for all you retarded idiots. When he was talkign about the “young reverend” WHO DID YOU THINK THAT WAS?
Damn sometimes I hate black people..
Its not about black..its about America altimately.
Come on West…
They had MLK’s kids speaking, everyone knew what it meant historically, so he gets in front of the entire nation and says what he needed to say and just because he didn’t do a Game move and start name dropping, you mad? BullSchitt
Tavis is a hater and he’s still mad that Barark didn’t come on his show so he found 2 niccas who didn’t like the speech and put them on. He said all of that in the speech about Rev. Wright, and now he’s suppose to say the same speech. Get off your high horse and chill the phuck out. The man is trying to win….why go all this time and then blow your chances by stating the obvious.
First off you need to get shit straight criticism aint always hate.
Hopefully the show wasnt just about that. WAY more important issues to talk about then this, although they did build up the show as the anniversary of the I Have a Dream speach.
i CANT WAIT TILL BARACK GETS IN OFFICE SO ALL OF MY “BROTHERS” CAN REALIZE THE CHANGE HE IS TALKIN ABOUT DOESNT INCLUDE THE BLACK COMMUNITY ….HE TALKS MORE ABOUT THE JEWISH COMMUNITY THAN HE DOES ABOUT THE BLACK COMMUNITY BECAUSE THOSE ARE THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT MATTER TO LIBERALS…THEY USE YALL DURING ELECTION TO GET VOTES THEN ONCE THEY ARE IN …WELL U KNOW THE REST CUZ WE HAVENT GOTTEN SHIT FROM THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY YET…
SIGN UP NOW
SIGN UP NOW
SIGN UP NOW
soundz like some ol’ skool civil rights jim crow hatin’…if that generation doesn’t get over it and come to terms with the non-issue of race in this election, they will loose a chance of being a part of another historic moment in America’z history…
I agree and disagree with you all.
While I agree that this is not and should not be hung up on the premise of race, I do understand what they are talking about.
In order for Barack to be where he is, in this day in time, creating this historic moment, a lot of blood was shed on this soil and a mention of that history will connect it for everyone with how far AMERICA has come. Black history IS AMERICAN history.
To me its sort of like how some West Indians, Africans, Hispanics,and non-Whites period come to America looking down on and criticizing Black Americans, when they would not even be allowed in this country to chase their dreams had not the Africans in America paid and struggled. Glad my grandparents never taught me that ignorance.
Fuck outta here this aint got nothing 2 do with martin luther king
not tha past we looking to the future much respect to mlk but u cant plz black ppl
all the top political analyts i.e chris matthews,keith olberman,joe scourbough,david gregory and racheal maddow have said that is the best convention acceptance speech they have ever seen,even obamas harshest critic pat buchanaen was impressed.fuck that bitch and her 2 cents,she says he didnt mention MLK,the stage setting was homage to MLK on the stairs were he gave his famous speech.stupid bitch.
what the hell is up wit people havin their own checklists n callin a speech a failure cos he didnt tick all the items on their individual sht..silly…. we know how much Barack has talked bout his historical candidacy in other speeches n he even touched on it in that speech…but he didnt make it a vocal point or anythin….there was lotta more important things he needed to do in that speech for his candidacy, the democratic party and America….and he did all that
these guys from the older generation are gettin foolish now…everythin to them is black white black white….this dude is still tryin to win an election, he isnt a civil rights activist…wtf dont they get. now goin on TV n criticisin the man, they are the ones diminishin the history…haters, attimes our biggest enemy, is black folks themselves… its disgusting.
that was an incredible speech by the way. …to diminish the whole thin because he didnt mention MLK enuff to ur satisfaction is childish and frankly stupid….disgusting.
STILL STUCK ON THE PAST! THEN WE WILL NOT PROGRESS…DUMB ASS! MOVE ON WITH LIFE..I HATE TO SAY IT, BUT THATS OUR(BLACK PEOPLE) BIGGEST PROBLEM! AND WHATS CRAZY IS…ITS A MILLION KIDS ON THE SAME SHIT…AND THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT WAS GOING ON THEN OR NOW! SO WHAT DOES THAT DO?…IT KILLS SOCIETY MAN! WE GOTTA DO BETTER…LETS MOVE FORWARD! THATS THE NEW MOVEMENT!
Number 1 hit one on the head. They need to cut that out with the pro black stuff. Plus putting Rev jackson up there with him is a low blow. Jesse showed his colors and got caught. “Cut dem Balls”.
Tavis, Tavis, Tavis… Are you ever going to get over your anguish with Obama? It’s really beginning to look pathetic.
Ugh… To Dr. Julianne Malveaux’s comment. She said Rev Jackon has been gracious…? How?! By offering to cuts the mans nuts off??
Come on people… let the Obama do his thing and win the election. It’s like Game said, “It ain’t about race now.” It’s about winning this general election.
And to Dr. Cornel West, Obama isn’t running from history… He’s making it.
This is chess, not checkers. They need to realize that keeping the racial component ambiguous throughout his campaign is by strategy. That says nothing about Barack’s blackness or his connection to the black community, but it indeed speaks volumes about the existence of racism in this country and how minorities have to toe the line to advance. Of course, Hillary can praise any black leader she wants and remain free of being stereotyped since she’s white. However, many whites assume that black candidates cannot represent all americans, just black americans. What these old skool black activists are really waiting on is for Barack to give a “I Have A Dream” speech and since he’s not living up to their expectations they have nothing to give but negative criticism.
ya’ll got to understand this is not a race thing. its not bout being black,white,mexcian,asian, whatever. its bout america. its bout this country. it needs to change. its bout makin america a better country. thats what barack is tryin do. Obama 08
We know, shit everyone knows about MLK. His b-day is a national holiday. The irony in the day dating back to the “I Have a Dream Speech” was intentional so i understand why they say he should have mention or at least paid some amount of homage to MLK. But this wasn’t a commemorative speech. It was an acceptance speech and thats what these two Doctors appear to forget. This was a good post. I hate to plug other sites but its similar to one id normally see on the huffingtonpost site.
WHAT THE FUCK DONT PEOPLE GET THAT IF HE IN ANY WAY WHAT SO EVER LEANED TOWARDS BLACK OVER WHITE HES DONE.
dudes got a fucking tight rope of his own, let the fucking man be already.
fuck this shit.
The irony in the day dating back to the “I Have a Dream Speech” was intentional to help us realize that its not about blacks or whites its about ALL MEN BLACK AND WHITE JEWS AND GENTILES coming together for a greater cause. Te irony of the day had nothing really to do with race it was the exact opposite to help Us people realize that its not about race. WAKE UP!!!!!!!! OBAMA 08
Damn! I didnt know peeps were so INSIGHTFUL up in here! LOL
I agree with all above! Yup!
he alluded to King all night, he even used exact words from Kings speech. If yall dont understand this is how they game is played then your idiots. Let obama in the office, then let him do his thing. Yea Dr. West let him scream Black power so he’ll lose, then McCain can win…real smart huh? OBAMA 08/12
do these motherfuckers think Obama is running for the NAACP.
Tavis is sp bitter its sicken I lost all respect for him. I know that nicca is going to vote for McCain
if you watched his bio you know that the black community can’t claim Obama..no one group can…he was raised by white folks and developed as a politician in the black community…and for that reason he embodies a post racial America..
cornell west and this other female are, as buddhists say, “small mind”.. Obama is working on a “big mind” level.
Agree w/ Latin King. I normally don’t read everyones post, just familiar names worth my time. Cause since the site blew up a little more we get your random pimple face halo on 360 white boy in the threads screaming non sense about niggers. Or the young girl who thinks lil wayne is sexy ect. But I’m still surprised at the amount of quality feedback on this topic lol.
#31 nailed it though, the asshole lol
WOW!!! What a coincidence, people upset with Barack Obama’s speech is appearing on Tavis Smiley’s show! HMMMM. Tavis hasn’t gotten over Barack not being able to appear on his non effective conference. GET OVER TAVIS, OR GO VOTE FOR MCCAIN! HATER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
4RM LOOKIN AT THIS RIDICULOUS INTERVIEW, ITS TELLS ME THAT THEY DIDN’T EVEN LISTEN TO BARACK’S SPEECH. ALL THEY WERE CONCERNED ABOUT WAS WHETHER HE WAS GOING TO MENTION ‘MLK’! WHICH BY THE WAY WOULD HAVE DAMAGED HIS WHOLE PURPOSE IN GIVE AN “ACCEPTANCE SPEECH”! IT IS A SHAME TO SEE A BLACK MAN AND A BLACK WOMAN CRITIZE HIM ON THE SINGLE THING WHICH WAS SO OBVIOUSLY INSIGNIFICANT TO HIS “ACCEPTANCE SPEECH”!
HE WOULD HAVE LOST EVERY SINGLE WHITE, LATINO, ASIAN, ETC. AND EVEN SOME BLACK SUPPORTERS HAD HE MADE HIS SPEECH ABOUT THE ANNIVERSARY OF MLK’S “I HAVE DREAM” SPEECH. HE DID WHAT HE WAS SUPPOSED TO DO; TALK ABOUT BLACKS, WHITES, LATINOS, ASIANS, ETC. BEING “ONE NAITON” AND ALL OF US AS “AMERICANS” B/C WE ARE.
WOW, THEY WOULD RATHER PRAISE HILLARY THEN SUPPORT STRONG POINTS OF BARACKS POLICIES N AGENDA. GIT SUMTHIN STRAIGHT, HILLARY N BILL CAN TALK BOUT HARRIET TUBMAN, MARTIN LUTHER KING,MARCUS GARVEY, WD DUBOIS O WHOEVER ELSE ARE LANDMARKS OF HISTORY…BUT BARACK HAS A LONG STRUGGLE AHEAD OF HIM NOT TO MENTION HIS LIFE IS ON DA LINE EVERYDAY HE WAKES UP FOR DA SIMPLE FACT HE MAY BE DA 1ST BLACK PRESIDENT N THEM MUTHAFUCKAZ WANNA TALK BOUT HOW HE SHOULD SPEND HIS TIME TALKN BOUT HISTORY N PAST BLACK LEADERS…LETTM BUMP PAINT DA WHITE HOUSE BLACK AFTA HE WINS DA ELECTION N SMOKE A BLUNT DURIN HIS INUGRATION SPEECH, BUT SHUT DA FUCK UP UNTIL HE ACCOMPLISHES WUT HE SET OUT TO DO. ITS INCREDBLE TO THINK U EVEN GIT A BLACK MAN DAT HAS DA MAJORITY OF WHITE PPL VOTIN FOR HIM N BLACK PPL BE HAPPY WIT DAT N GIT OFF YO HIGH HORSE.
@Mo, you said it the best and i could not have said it any better. I don’t know what some of is thinking and how we can be so ignorant sometimes. I’m a 26year old female and when i heard his speech i cried until the tears just wouldn’t come down anymore. How could people be so blind not to see that the dream martin luther king jr. talked about was unfolding in front of us right before our eyes during that speech. Obama is about uniting us all as a whole and not just in the united states but all over the world. Why is it so hard for people to see that? I cant understand it for the life of me. I’am a young black female and let me just state this for the record, if you go back and look at King’s speech about his dream you will see that he himself talks about uniting and that’s what he has always stood up for even when others have done us wrong. But we were a strong people then and where a stronger people now, he dosn’t have to give a speech on it because now it’s right in front our face. YES WE CAN!
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Martin Luther King Speeches
I Have a Dream – Address at March on Washington
August 28, 1963. Washington, D.C.
Watch the Full 16-min video of Martin Luther King’s famous I Have a Dream Speach
I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. [Applause]
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.
But one hundred years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize an appalling condition.
In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.
It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the determination of the Negro. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.
And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.
Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.
I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California!
But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
what some people refuse to understand is that pandering too much to black people during his campaign will SCARE WHITE PEOPLE.. White people are suspicious of this man.. very very suspicious.. And as soon as the media get something they think will be a story.. they will run it on every news station and make a mountain out a mole hill… And that will knock is votes down in battle ground states substantially..
The fact that they are inferring that he should have got up there and made this a Black Power Revolution and we are gonna paint the white house black when we get to Washington speech… Or made this about white liberal guilt… instead of AN ACCEPTANCE SPEECH… He would have been making things harder than what they needed to be…. I mean damn dude is a civil rights lawyer from Harvard yo..lol Besides if there were two white candidates.. The black leaders would ask them questions about slavery and how guilty they feel… then they would lie right to our face.. and then the black leaders feel real important.. but the two candidates go back to washington and hold they nuts while people die during the Katrina after math…