Michelle Obama: "What We're Dealing With in the Black Community is the Fear of Possibility"

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Now that we're nearly halfway through Barack Obama's second presidential term, It's easy to forget his tumultuous road to the presidency. President Obama was, at one time, not the preferred candidate among African-American voters. He trailed in polls, but he, his family, and his staff continued to press on. Ultimately they were victorious.

I came across this clip of Michelle Obama discussing the skepticism about an Obama presidency within Black America, and many of her words rang true today.

Watch Michelle Obama discuss the mental obstacles that often prevent Blacks for striving for what seems to be unachievable. The discussion begins at about 1:39.

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What do you think of Mrs. Obama's statement from 2008? Are Black Americans more afraid to take risks?

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