Yes, We Are What We’ve Been Waiting For

But are we letting our reverence for civil rights heroes limit our ability to tackle today’s challenges?

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This doesn't mean that black people don't face struggles in this new era. There are many, including wealth but also health inequity, most notably due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic; the increasingly marginal status of young black men; and environmental racism, both urban and rural, which has a huge impact on African Americans but especially on our children. But the nature of these challenges requires us to harness our modern perspective and tools--with the same resolve that we so admire in our ancestors--in order to create our own successes.

What we cannot do is become so complacent in our deference to our idols that we lose the ability to see the heroic within ourselves. As President Obama has said, "We are the ones we've been waiting for."

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