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Obama himself has become the greatest advertisement for black striving as well as its most dramatic indictment—an example of the widespread desire for African-American success, undercut by the blockaded frustrations of his Presidency. At the end of his press conference announcing [his new] initiative*, Obama offered, as his parting statement, a vow that “we will beat the odds.” Coming from the most powerful black person in the history of this country, those words stung: trying to beat the odds is what you do when you’ve relinquished all hope of turning them in your favor.

*My Brother’s Keeper:

The Politics of Black Aspiration 
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The Politics of Black Aspiration 
Jelani Cobb
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