In his first speech before the nation's oldest civil rights organization since taking office, President Barack Obama paid tribute to the NAACP as it celebrated its centennial and also delivered a rousing sermon telling black America to become more responsible.
The president urged everyone to recapture "the same sense of responsibility in Washington and in our own lives" that propelled the civil rights movement. He told families to help children with their homework, to put away the Xbox and encourage them to be more than "ballers and rappers".
Most importantly, our President reminded the heavily church-based audience that there was still discrimination against gays and lesbian, even in their own community:
But make no mistake: the pain of discrimination is still felt in America. By African-American women paid less for doing the same work as colleagues of a different color and gender. By Latinos made to feel unwelcome in their own country. By Muslim Americans viewed with suspicion for simply kneeling down to pray. By our gay brothers and sisters, still taunted, still attacked, still denied their rights.
On the 45th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, discrimination must not stand. Not on account of color or gender; how you worship or who you love. Prejudice has no place in the United States of America.
This is vintage Barack Obama, the candidate we grew to admire on the campaign trail for telling black church audiences that it "wasn't very Christian" to make homophobic remarks, and cautioning against homophobia from the pulpit at Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Obama's remarks were made as the veteran civil rights organization created its first LGBT Equality Task Force and was addressed by the National Black Justice Coalition, the national black LGBT group. Earlier this week, NAACP President Benjamin Jealous was criticized for not aggressively moving the group to take a position on marriage equality.
WHEN YOU JUMP, the remarks made by President Obama. Also notice the applause and cheering when he mentions "gay brothers and sisters." Strong words that hopefully will be followed by even stronger action.