July 15th, 2008
03:58 PM ET
6 years ago

Cafferty: Is Obama 'talking down' to blacks?

 Barack Obama speaking at the NAACP 99th Annual Convention.
Barack Obama speaking at the NAACP 99th Annual Convention.

The man who could become the first black President of the United States is calling on blacks to take more responsibility for improving their own lives.

Speaking to the NAACP in Cincinnati, Obama got the most applause when he urged blacks to do more for themselves, saying:

"When we are taking care of our own stuff, then a lot of other folks are going to be interested in joining up and working with us and taking care of America's stuff… Teaching our daughters to never allow images on television to tell them what they are worth; teaching our sons to treat women with respect, and to realize responsibility does not end at conception; that what makes them a man is not the ability to have a child but to raise one.”

Obama said the problems that plague the black community aren't unique to them, but "we just have them a little worse."

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