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The differences between aging civil rights advocate Jesse Jackson and the young presidential candidate Barack Obama are becoming increasingly sharp. Jackson believes the serious challenges facing the black community can be addressed with more government programs—and spending. Obama, however, told Monday’s national NAACP convention:

“If we’re serious about reclaiming that dream, we have to do more in our own lives, our own families and our own communities. That starts with providing the guidance our children need, turning off the TV and putting away the video games; attending those parent-teacher conferences, helping our children with their homework and setting a good example.

” know some say I’ve been too tough on folks about this responsibility stuff. But I’m not going to stop talking about it. Because I believe that in the end, it doesn’t matter how much money we invest in our communities, or how many 10-point plans we propose, or how many government programs we launch—none of it will make any difference if we don’t seize more responsibility in our own lives.”

Amen!

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