Where Are the Moderate Muslims?

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Where Are the Moderate Muslims?

Where are the Moderate Muslims

Presented by

HUSSEIN ABOUBAKR

After every terrorist attack, politicians and pundits reassure us that the atrocity does not represent the true beliefs of the “moderate Muslim majority.” But how many moderates are there? And what exactly does “moderate” mean? Military instructor and researcher Hussein Aboubakr explains.

After every new Jihadist attack against the West, politicians reassure us that the atrocity does not represent the true nature of mainstream Islam. Of the 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, they constantly reassure us, the overwhelming majority are as law abiding as any members of any other monotheistic faith. Only a tiny fraction engage in terror. And Islam is a religion of peace. Furthermore, we are told, the great majority of Muslims hold moderate views.

But what does that mean? How moderate are moderate Muslims? Given the threat of radical Islam, it would seem to be a fair question. Let me start to answer it by telling you something of my own story.War against the infidels!

I was raised in a middle class Muslim home in Cairo, Egypt. Growing up, I was told, among many other things, the following: That every day that passes on the Islamic nation without a caliphate is a sin. That the failures and miseries of the Muslim world started the moment we Muslims gave up conquests and wars against the infidels. That our prosperity depended on conquering new lands and converting new believers. That anyone who leaves the faith must die. And I also remember how my teachers and my mosque imams reacted to the news of 9/11 when it happened: joy.

My experience was typical, and there is data to prove it: According to the Pew Research Center, 88% of Muslims in Egypt, 62% in Pakistan, 86% in Jordan and 51% in Nigeria believe that any Muslim who choses to leave Islam should be put to death. Similar, if not identical, numbers are in favor of stoning people who commit adultery, severely punishing those who criticize Muhammad or Islam, and chopping off hands for theft.

All of these practices are a part of the penal code of Islamic law, which is known as Sharia. And 84% of Muslims in South Asia, 77% in Southeast Asia, 74% in the Middle East and North Africa and 64% in Sub-Saharan Africa support Sharia as the law of the land. Less drastic, yet significant, percentages are to be found even among Muslim communities in the West.

So, too, most of the world’s Muslims believe that any acts of violence against Israel, including suicide bombers in buses and restaurants, are justified.  Now, does any of this sound moderate to you? Yet if anyone raises these inconvenient truths here in the West, he is sure to be called an Islamophobe, a hater of Islam. Again, my own story is instructive.

In February of 2015, I was yelled at, cursed at, and successfully prevented from speaking at Swarthmore College by students and others who did not agree to what I was saying. Some of them were Muslim women who fit the image of the unveiled, perfect English-speaking, moderate Muslim young woman. Other seeming “moderates” tried and failed to do the same during my speech at Temple University the next day. Some of them, sadly, were students of journalism.

 

It is not Islamophobic to note the tragic fact that, at this time in history, the Muslim world is dominated by bad ideas and bad beliefs. That is why millions of so-called moderate Muslims do not rise up to denounce Islamist terror ? because the word “moderate,” as we understand it, doesn’t really apply. If moderation means you tolerate freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, women’s rights and gay rights, moderate Muslims are a distinct minority. Of course, they exist. Millions of them. But among believing Muslims, they do not represent anywhere near a critical mass.

The values of the West and the values of Islam as practiced in the Muslim worlds of the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, and more and more in Europe, are not compatible. Western politicians can deny this, but this denial does not change the reality.

It is these bad ideas and beliefs that provides the soil in which radical Islam grows.Die! Ignoring this only prevents us from effectively fighting Islamist terror, and at the same time it hurts those heroic Muslims who really are moderate.

Until we begin to tell the truth about Islam ? always in respectful language ? the only solution to Islamist terror will never take place. That solution is Islam reforming itself.

I do believe that reform is possible. It can, of course, only be done from within Islam.  The West can be a part of that reform, but only if it faces ? and tells ? the truth.

The sooner it does so, the better ? for all of us.

I’m Hussein Aboubakr for Prager University.

 
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What is the least diverse place in America?

What is the least diverse place in America?

The college campus! Colleges want students to look different but think the same.

What is the least diverse place in America? It’s the institution that most actively seeks racial, ethnic, gender, and cultural diversity: the college campus! Colleges want students to look different, but think the same. Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA, explains.

This video with Charlie Kirk is part of an exciting partnership between PragerU and Turning Point USA that will include videos with other young conservatives like Ben Shapiro, Antonia Okafor, Matt Walsh and more!  Visit FreetoThink.org to learn more.

It’s appalling that, in the 21st century, there is still so little diversity on American college campuses.

This. Cannot. Stand.

It’s not who we are. It’s intolerable. It’s time we demand a change. It’s time to stage a protest, to storm the dean’s office. We will not be ignored.

Diversity is our strength. I’m not talking about diversity of skin color. Been there, done that. Today’s campuses are more racially integrated than at any time in history.

And I’m not talking about gender diversity. Women already make up the majority of college graduates. And if your concern is non-binary gender, there is no place on earth more accepting of hims, hers, zims and zirs than a college campus. I’m not even talking about sexual diversity. You can pretty much experiment with anyone you want, in any way you want, as long as you get a consent form signed and notarized in advance.

No, the diversity I’m talking about is diversity? of thought! Let me say it again, in case you missed it: Diversity of thought.

That’s right: people expressing different points of view on an issue. At most colleges today, that’s a dangerous, revolutionary idea ? if that different point of view is not on the left. The moment you enter college, you enter an indoctrination center. Remember orientation week? It starts there and never stops. They tell you to be open-minded, but they don’t really mean it. Almost all your professors are on the left ? nearly 12 to 1, left to right, according to a recent study by Econ Journal Watch. There are many departments at many colleges that don’t have a single conservative voice. The administration invariably supports leftist positions. And, all those diversity administrators ? they depend for their livelihood (that means their paycheck) on creating victims.

Diversity of race, or gender, or sexuality, or any of the other distinctions du jour that universities glorify are, at best, superficial and, at worst, just plain destructive. It’s destructive to any real learning. If you don’t study Shakespeare because he was a white male, you have been deprived of learning from the most brilliant playwright who ever lived.

And it’s destructive of a peaceful campus environment because it pits racial, ethnic, and gender groups against one another. In other words, diversity, as practiced on your typical college campus, divides ? not unites ? people.

And diversity of thought? The free exchange of ideas?  You know, what college is actually supposed to be about? Not happening.

If you’ve been in college for a few years, ask yourself this: When was the last time you heard a professor or a TA make the argument that capitalism has lifted more people out of poverty than any other economic system? Or that socialism always leads to poverty? Or that the post-World War II order created by America has been the freest and most prosperous time in human history? Or that the cause of high crime rates in black communities has very little to do with historic racism? And God forbid if a conservative speaker should show up on campus and dare to say any of these things.

If the ideas of the people on the right have so little merit, why bother to protest? Shouldn’t their bad ideas just die on their own? Isn’t the purpose of a liberal education to expose students to differing points of view? Turns out that the “liberal” in “liberal education” means leftist.

Here’s how the University of California at Berkeley, the pinnacle of political correctness, describes itself: “Our goal is to transform UC Berkeley into an equitable and inclusive academy of the highest caliber ? one that fully honors the diversity of our students, faculty and staff.”

Give me a break! Berkeley needs to be transformed? It’s not diverse enough? After all these years of expanding equity and inclusion? Bull-crap! It positively reeks of cissexist heteropatriarchy! Say that three times. I don’t know what it means, but it sure sounds bad.

Walk around the Berkeley campus, or almost any campus, and you will see plenty of blacks, Hispanics, gays, lesbians ? even a straight white guy or two. College is a place where they want everyone to look different, but think exactly the same.

It’s like a freaking cult!

At some point you have to stand up, separate yourself from the crowd, and say, “Enough!”

It’s time to diversify thought on campus. It’s time to demand a real education. God knows, you’re paying for it.

I’m Charlie Kirk, President of Turning Point USA, for Prager University.
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President Trump Weekly Address Aboard the New Gerald R Ford Aircraft Carrier

President Trump  Weekly Address Aboard the New Gerald R Ford Aircraft Carrier

I’m joining you today from the deck of  what will be our nation’s newest   and soon to be commissioned, Gerald  R Ford

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fellow Americans

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I’m joining you today from the deck of

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what will be our nation’s newest

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and soon to be commissioned, Gerald

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R Ford and as you can see I’m wearing a

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jacket and I had that they just gave me

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not really used to it but it feels

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awfully good i’m very proud of that

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actually are carriers are the

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centerpiece of American military might

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projecting power and are totally

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unparalleled strength that see this

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beautiful new warship represents the

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future of naval aviation and she will

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serve as a cornerstone of our national

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defense for decades and decades to come

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a famous aviator once wrote that to

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build a truly great ship we shouldn’t

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begin by gathering wood cutting boards

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for distributing work but instead by

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awakening within the people a desire for

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the vast and endless sea so true in the

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same way we must continue to renew the

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American spirit in order to rebuild our

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country and we build it we will on

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tuesday before a joint session to

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Congress I laid out of version i hope

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you all watched for how to accomplish

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that national rebuilding my vision

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includes the elimination of the defense

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sequester which has imposed steep cuts

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for military we must give our sailors

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soldiers airmen Marines and Coast

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Guardsmen the tools equipment resources

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and training they need to get the job

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done and get it done right especially in

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these very dangerous times the active

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duty army has been reduced by more than

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85,000 meant since 2009 and we have over

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18,000 fewer active-duty Marines

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Air Force it’s the smallest it’s been

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since 1947 and their planes are on

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average nearly 30 years old if you can

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believe that our Navy sleep is the

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smallest it’s been since world war one

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and that’s a long time ago

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frontline navy and marine strike fighter

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aircraft are more likely to be down for

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maintenance than to be in the sky we

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cannot afford to continue down this path

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my budget will give America’s armed

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forces the resources they need to

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achieve full and total military

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preparedness to meet any and all global

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challenges and meet them we will

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investing in the military means

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investing in peace because the best way

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to prevent war as George Washington said

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is to be prepared for it

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most importantly an investment in the

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the military is an investment in the

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incredible men and women who serve our

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country in uniform they are the best of

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us

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they are the greatest force for peace

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and justice the world has ever known and

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we will support them every single step

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of the way these are truly exciting

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times amazing opportunities are

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unfolding before us to strengthen our

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military to reboot our economy and to

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bring back our jobs if we all work

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together and put our country first then

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anything is possible let us seize this

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moment and make the most of this

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incredible opportunity for national Reno

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may God bless the men and women of our

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military and may God bless the United

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States of America the country we love

 
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There is NO GENDER WAGE GAP!

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There is NO GENDER WAGE GAP!

Is there a gender wage gap? Are women paid less than men to do the same work? Christina Hoff Sommers, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, explains the data.

Christina Hoff Sommers, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute,

No Gender Wage Gap, that is FAKE NEWS at HoaxAndChange.com

No Gender Wage Gap, that is FAKE NEWS at HoaxAndChange.com

If, for the same work, women make only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, why don’t businesses hire only women?  Wages are the biggest expense for most businesses. So, hiring only women would reduce costs by nearly a quarter ? and that would go right to the bottom line. Don’t businesses want to be profitable? Or, are they just really bad at math?

Well, actually, it’s the feminists, celebrities, and politicians spreading this wage gap myth who have the math problem.

Here’s why:

The 77-cents-on-the-dollar statistic is calculated by dividing the median earnings of all women working full-time by the median earnings of all men working full-time. In other words, if the average income of all men is, say, 40,000 dollars a year, and the average annual income of all women is, say, 30,800 dollars, that would mean that women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. 30,800 divided by 40,000 equals .77.

But these calculations don’t reveal a gender wage injustice because it doesn’t take into account occupation, position, education or hours worked per week.

Even a study by the American Association of University Women, a feminist organization, shows that the actual wage gap shrinks to only 6.6 cents when you factor in different choices men and women make. And the key word here is “choice.” The small wage gap that does exist has nothing to do with paying women less, let alone with sexism; it has to do with differences in individual career choices that men and women make.

In 2009, the U.S. Department of Labor released a paper that examined more than 50 peer-reviewed studies and concluded that the oft-cited 23 percent wage gap “may be almost entirely the result of individual choices being made by both male and female workers.”  Well, let’s look at some of those choices.

Georgetown University compiled a list of the five best-paying college majors and the percentage of men or women majoring in those fields:

Number 1 best-paying major: Petroleum Engineering: 87% male
Number 2: Pharmaceutical Sciences: 48% male
3: Mathematics and Computer Science: 67% male
4: Aerospace Engineering: 88% male
5: Chemical Engineering: 72% male

Notice that women out-represent men in only one of the five top-paying majors ? by only a few percentage points.

Now consider the same study’s list of the five worst paying college majors:

Number 1: Counseling and Psychology: 74% female
Number 2: Early Childhood Education: 97% female
3: Theology and Religious Vocations: 66% male
4: Human Services and Community Organization: 81% female
5: Social Work: 88% female

Here, it’s the women who lead in all but one category. Even within the same profession, men and women make different career choices that impact how much money they make. Take nursing, where male nurses, on the whole, earn 18% more than female nurses. The reason? Male nurses gravitate to the best-paying nursing specialties, they work longer hours and disproportionately find jobs in cities with the highest compensation.

Now, here’s how one expert on nursing compensation, Professor Linda Aiken of the University of Pennsylvania, sums up the data: “Career choices and educational differences explain most, if not all, the gender gap in nursing.”

The Department of Labor paper concluded that once these differences are accounted for across all professions, the unexplained wage gap is somewhere between 4.8 and 7 percent ? almost identical to the 6.6 percentage gap found by the AAUW.

But why is there any gap at all? No one knows for sure, as both the AAUW and the Labor Department concede. There are so many variables that drive wages that no single study can cover them all. Few wage gap studies control for variables such as dangerous work environment; men are vastly overrepresented, for example, on oil rigs. And here’s another variable: men are more willing and able to work long hours without advance notice.

According to Harvard economist Claudia Goldin, even if two lawyers have the same education and same specialty and work the same number of hours ? firms pay more to someone who is willing to always be “on call” and ready to be in the office when the firm needs them, as opposed to wanting a more regular schedule. This isn’t sexism, it’s just common sense.

With more realistic categories and definitions, whatever wage gap remains would certainly narrow to point of vanishing.

So it seems that business leaders aren’t bad at math simply because they don’t only hire women. Those who claim that for the same work women earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to men, on the other hand, are not merely bad at math ? but at telling the truth.

I’m Christina Hoff Sommers of the American Enterprise Institute for Prager University.
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President Trump Weekly Address – Black History – transforming our communities and about bringing back hope

I want every African-American child, family, and worker to have access to great schools, safe communities, and a good paying job. I want every disadvantaged child in America to have a choice on where they go to school.

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The President- My fellow Americans, as Black

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History Month 2017 comes to a close.

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I am very grateful for the many wonderful opportunities to

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honor African American heroes, faith leaders,

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entrepreneurs, and the many others who changed

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the course of our nation.

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We are blessed by the lives and examples of

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those who have made this nation of beacon of

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freedom, talent, and unbreakable

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American spirit.

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This week I had the privilege of visiting The

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Nation Museum of African American history and

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culture right here in Washington D.C. It’s a new

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beautiful Smithsonian Museum that serves as a

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shining example of African Americans incredible

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contribution to our culture, our Society,

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and our history.

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It also tells of the great struggle for freedom and

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equality that prevailed against the sins of

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slavery and the injustice of discrimination.

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The work and love the people who help create

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such a masterpiece is a testament to the legacy of

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so many leaders it honors.

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I left that museum confident that together

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America can overcome any challenge.

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there’s a great quote by Mohamad Ali in the museum

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“I shook up the world.”

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He said.

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And that’s what he did.

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So did leaders like Sojourner Truth, Frederick

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Douglas, Booker T Washington, Martin Luther

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King and so many others.

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They shook up the world for the better, because

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they inspired our nation to march toward justice

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and freedom for all.

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Today and everyday I pledge to continue that

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march so that every American no matter his

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background, no matter her background has the chance

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to climb that great ladder of success.

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It was very special to accompany Dr. Ben Carson

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and his family for the first time seeing the

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Carson exhibit.

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I am proud that soon he will serve in my cabinet

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as the secretary of housing and

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urban development.

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HUD has a very very powerful meaning, far

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beyond housing.

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Its about transforming our communities about bringing

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back hope, and Ben will do a fantastic job.

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That what im committed to doing also, I want every

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African American child, family, and worker to have

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access to great schools, safe communities and

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good paying job.

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I want every disadvantaged child in America to have a

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choice on where they go to school.

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So Important.

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I also want to honor and promote the achievements

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of historically black colleges and universities

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throughout our nation.

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They do a fantastic job.

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They’re not given the credit that they deserve.

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And they’re gonna start getting that credit.

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In order to help African Americans thrive were

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working very to make that every child can grow up in

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a safe community and have

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access to high paying jobs.

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We’ve lost a lot of our best jobs to other

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countries and this has hurt the African American

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community very badly.

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This week I met with manufacturing CEOs were

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going to be working to bring back those jobs, and

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I mean really good paying jobs.

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Ill be talking more about these issues in my joint

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session address to congress and to all

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Americans next Tuesday evening.

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I hope you will be watching.

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Thank you, God bless you.

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And God Bless America.

 

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