Just had to share this… It’s about bloody time somebody said this… And although the Prez directed this towards an African-American audience on Jul. 16, at the 100th Anniversary celebration of the NAACP, I feel that it can apply to a lot of people… All sorts of different cultures… Personally for me, in Hispanic-American cultures and families…

“We need a new mindset, a new set of attitueds – – because onf of the most durable and destructive legacies of discrimination is the way that we have internalized a sense of limitation; how so many in our community have come to expect so little of ourselves.”

“What is required to overcome today’s barriers is the same as was needed then – – the same commitment. the same sense of urgency. The same sense of sacrifice.”

“Oour kids can’t all aspire to be the next LeBron or Lil Wayne. I want them aspiring to be scientists and engineers, doctors and teachers, not just ballers and rappers. I want them aspiring to be a Supreme Court Justice. I want them aspiring to be president of the United States.”

“That mother of mine game me love; she pushed me, and cared about my education… She took no lip and taught me right from wrong. BEcause of her, I had a chance to make the most of my abilities. I had the chance to make the most of my opportunities. I had a chance to make the most of my life.”

The lats quote echos my upbringing. In a different way. My mom was there for me, always pushing me, but pushing me in a way that was more of a psychological type warfare than litterally, physically pushing me to do good. She had her way of making me work hard for what I wanted without having to urge me to do so. It’s as if she picked her words carefully with me…

Anyways, this just stood out for me and I really liked it. Taken from Yahoo News…