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Speaking to the Kids

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Last week, I gave a graduation speech at Furness High School in Philadelphia, where I was once a teacher. Here’s a few excerpts:

15 comments

  1. Joe - June 25, 2010 2:53 pm

    Dr. Hill,
    The message was completely off the chain. Keep puttin’ in down as you lift young people up! God’s manifold blessings to you! Respectfully, Joe

  2. Logic - June 25, 2010 5:08 pm

    Tryin to be all humble at the end…you knew they were gonna stand up. LOL! You killed it tho!

  3. Freakonomist - June 26, 2010 9:36 pm

    Dr. Hill keep doing what you’re doing!!! That was awesome! You’re doing a wonderful job for young people like myself.

  4. Jake - June 27, 2010 10:11 pm

    Great job, Mr. Hill. But your hip-hop speech may actually do more harm than good. You see, in the real world, most leaders and bosses will definitely NOT speak to these young people with this “hip-hop vibe.” I know you’re just trying to connect to your audience. It was entertaining. But, at some point, you have to ask yourself, “Do I want to entertain my audience, or do I want to get them ready for the real world?” Like it or not, most of the business world is still white out there, which means these young people need to learn how to respond to non-hip-hop language. Yes, it might be more “boring” that way, and it might not get the audience to scream and carry on, but that’s just the real world.

  5. Olivia - June 28, 2010 8:22 am

    You have to talk to the children where they are right now, on this day, at that moment. Dr Hill was giving them the knowledge to build a foundation that will enable them to open their eyes to the ‘real world’ , to take a step forward and make a change.

    You have to start with children where they are, in hopes of guiding them in a new direction.

  6. Tyrone - June 28, 2010 6:43 pm

    WHITE & SOMETIMES BLACK POLICE BRUTALITY

    White police brutality is on the up in America or rather is being recorded more . It could be that it at the same level it always was! White American are taught from birth that blacks are the bad people and whites are the bad people! When is the country going to realize that some white police officers are sick with racist and hatful beliefs of minorities especially black Americans adult and children especially black males! In the first six months of 2010 white cops have murder or injure nearly 100 black children under17 years old! Watching the new today another white cop caught on video beating an American citizen! Now sometimes the police officer is BLACK …Shamefully some black police officer become just as evil and abusive as white police officers! Some black officers feel also that they must treat black people with disrespect and abuse to not be looked at as respectful towards black people! Prosecutors have released potentially explosive evidence against a black NYPD officer on trial for beating a black man with his baton. That alleged victim is an black Iraqi war veteran.
    Prosecutors are relying on the piece of video, because the alleged victim cannot be found.
    Nobody is disputing the beating itself, or whether it’s police brutality and whether the officer tried to cover it up. The video is high quality and crystal clear, but whether Housing Officer David London went too far is still blurry and still up to a jury.The video taken from security cameras shows the 45-year-old housing cop beating an Iraq war veteran with is baton.
    It happened at an Upper West Side public housing development.The alleged victim, 28-year-old Walter Harvin had just returned from Iraq and was at his mom’s apartment complex.
    In the video Harvin is seen shoving Officer London, and London then reacts by swinging and bashing Harvin with his baton. Even beating the ex-soldier after he’s cuffed.
    Prosecutors say London tried to cover-up the July 2007 assault, but defense attorneys say the officer did what he had to do.He’s charged with 2nd degree assault and filing false records.
    Right now the Manhattan criminal jury is tackling the question on whether London committed an act of police brutality or used necessary force to subdue a suspect.
    The Iraq veteran suffers from PTSD and his location is not known.
    If the officer is convicted, he faces 7 years in prison. Well as usual the cop was found NOT GUILTY and the court system said to the black Iraqi Veteran SO-SAD-TOO-BAD your civil rights are worthless …you are worthless…and it’s more important to keep a abusive cop employed! Someone that could have given their life for that cop and that judge or jury is told NO JUSTICE FOR YOU!

  7. 3Dolls - June 30, 2010 2:07 pm

    I enjoyed this speech. I admire anyone who takes the time to inspire our youth and set a positive example for them. Our future depends on them and right now more than anything they need role models that inspire and motivate them to reach their dreams. Nothing should seem far-fetched to them at that point in their life. Life will always be full of opportunities, but they need to realize that it’s up to them to find them and take advantage of them. I think everyone can benefit from the advice the homeless man gave you. I know I plan to so hopefully when 2014 gets here…I, too, will have my Ph.D, but most importantly, I still want to influence every student I meet in positive ways and continue to encourage them to reach their definition of success!

    ~One of the D.O.L.L.S. (Dreams Of Love, Life, and Success)

  8. Tyrone - July 4, 2010 12:29 am

    NEW LAW THE Aiyana Jones BILL

    As of this date _____/_____/____________/ no American police officer can murder a unarmed American citizen and remain a police officer! He or she will be fire immediately! And charge with a crime! If the American citizen is unarmed and under the age of 18 years of age! The police Officer be charge with “first degree murder”! If the unarmed American citizen is unarmed and is injure by being beaten or taser a cop that is found to use unnecessary force that cop cannot ever have use of that equipment!

    All raids that are conducted must investigate first that children under the age of 12 ARE NOT PRESENT! If a child or children are present under the age of 12 years old. A raid cannot be conducted! If a senior citizen is present over the age of 70 year old a raid cannot be conducted!

    A cop CANNOT taser a pregnant American citizen or senior citizen! If a pregnant citizen is injure from being taser that officer will be charge with double offences! Police can no longer place American citizen on the ground to handcuff nor can they place a knee on a American citizen back,neck or head!

    Ones a American citizen is handcuff he or she is place in the patrol car. NOT made to lay on the ground or patrol car.

    A AMERICAN CITIZEN

  9. Ruffneck - July 4, 2010 6:35 pm

    AWESOME speech!

    “Revolutionary Patience”. Always remember that phrase, always look back at what you believed so much in that speech and remember that phrase when you develop an activist rant. Remember those who don’t have patience and what actions they may take on the waves of that activism. Look around and see what people are actually doing with that activism and gauge if that is the definition of patience. Then look back at the starting point.

  10. Tyrone - July 5, 2010 9:12 pm

    If Kathryn Johnston and Aiyana Jones where white could they get media attention like the young white boy ? Who been in the news every day he been missing???? I wonder would it help if 92 year old black senior citizen Kathryn Johnston had been murder in Tiger Woods home. Would her life or death be important? Would America’s mainstream media be concern that a 92 year old black senior citizen was murder by three white cops? To think that Oprah, Meet the Press, This Week, Face the Nation, Washington Watch all mention the Tiger Woods incident. But Kathryn Johnston is not even mention or a concern. I also wonder if 7 year old black Aiyana Stanley Jones was burn then shot in the neck by cops in Sandra Bullock home. Would her life or death be important? Would the mainstream media be concern a black child was murder for nothing!To think that Oprah, Meet the Press, This Week, Face the Nation. Washington Watch all mention the Sandra Bullock incident. Is it that Sandra Bullock and Tiger Woods are rich and rich people social life is more important then two black people murder by cops for nothing! Oprah had Sarah Ferguson on her show who apologizes for taking cash in exchange for arranging a business connection to ex-husband Prince Andrew! Then Oprah had Senator John Edwards’s wife on to explain how she felt about her husband affair and making a baby! At the time of her murder 92 year old Kathryn Johnston lived longer then 88% of all human being on earth! The three white cops that murder her went to the wrong home. After they shot at her 39 time 6 bullets hitting their mark they handcuff and allowed her to die. No ambulance no help for a dying senior citizen! Then planted a gun in her hand and drugs in her home. Then found a man that they told to lie and say he brought drug from Ms. Johnston home…he refuse! Only two of the three cops where imprison for less then 11 years! That to me is a horrible story that America should be concern.Young Aiyana was sleeping when cops raided the wrong home first throwing a flash bomb (which burn Aiyana) in the home then entering a home guns drawn .Burning and shooting Aiyana in the neck dead! Another horrible story that should be a concern. But it seem nobody cares! The mainstream media has a big focusing think they deem important. Like the death of Princess Di. the media treated her death like she was a saint when the same day Mother Teresa died and she got NOTHING from the press NOTHING! Princess Di hug a couple of HIV children and that about IT! She also had many many lovers while she was marry and after!

  11. Tyrone - July 6, 2010 11:09 am

    Please please once again I asked you TVONE to change “Black Men Revealed” to “Stupid men Talking” out of pure respect for mankind! Today the country is dealing with the wrongful attack on the first black President only because he is black. The BP oil spill two wars ( Iraq & Afghan.) HIV, employment at record high for black people! Black senior citizen murder by white cops and young black children as young as two year old shot by cops! Police in New York Stop & Frisk black children program! Black children walking home from school made to take off their shoes and drop trousers in full view of the public! The Subject matter on “Black Men Revealed” Four black men candidly discuss what they love and admire about women. Other subject matter has been light skin verses dark skin..black men dating white men…On the downlow…etc… To think these idiot claim to be what black men are revealing what’s on black men minds! Two brother that are college grads seem to be educate idiot! These two so-call educate brothers talk like teenage just arriving to earth stupid looking for dumb acting ignorance! As a black man at 51 years old they are a embarrassment to all men but especially black men! TVONE should be sued by the NAACP and all black teenagers and black adult men for making them look STUPID! To think there is not more outrage from the black community against this stupid ignorance show. The parent of the two brother that host the show should also be sued and jail. For producing not one but two ignorance un-intelligent FOOL!

  12. Ruffneck - July 6, 2010 8:04 pm

    Maybe you need to revolt against the media.

    Or at least understand that they are an entertainment industry out for ratings and not “news”.

  13. readerzim - July 11, 2010 11:52 am

    While I heard some grammatical butchering of the English langauge I have to say, Dr Hill delivered a great motivating speech. I could hear a roaring from his belly listening to this.

  14. Tyrone - July 13, 2010 9:18 am

    The trent is for the white control press to compare,, black to white,, Obama to Bush,, Katrina to BP oil spill. Today Fox and Friend want to compare one stupid ignorance racist Black Panther to the Racist group of thousands of Tea Party members! That lies about their agenda but has sign with President Obama depicted as a monkey! Calling President Obama a socialist yelling racial slurs at black politician this has been the reality of the Tea Party members. Then here comes the white control media to the defense of the racist Tea Party! Claiming that black politician where lying and putting up a reward for evident of the racial slurs! Fox and Friend then has on a Tea Party member to excuse NACCP of double standards! Couldn’t be further from the truth NACCP has condemn the stupid racist black Panther! The NACCP IS NOT political! The very need for NACCP was and is to bring light to out and out racism to be a legal voice for the voiceless! Remember the horrible cowardly disrespect and discrimination that allowed the need for a NACCP! It is so ridicules and outrageous how fast todays whites shout racism or calling the first black President racist! The two Black Panther that stood in front of a black polling station DID NOT prevent one white person from voting. Nor was there one white person that claim they where stop from voting because of the two Black Panthers! All the white media knows that fact but still are trying to lie to the public. Sticking with there hate and divide agenda!The white control media are saying that the black Atty. General ruling not to prosecute was because of race! That is a LIE! The federal government had NO case! On the other hand white Republicans sent letter out in black community claiming the voting date was change! Which was a lie! It was done to stop blacks from voting! The white control media to date has not called for their prosecution! THAT IS TRUE DOUBLE STANDARDS!

  15. whity - July 15, 2010 12:31 am

    not all but many blacks just want to play the race card. but why not, that is what you were programmed to do. because they were not given the chance to learn history for many years they would not realize that history has been rewritten. but then many don’t want to learn anything. many have not realized that the country is being hijacked by socialist/ communist. although it is not the first time this has happened. i suggest reading the communist goals of 1964. blacks and many whites are being used as pawns to over throw this government. but then again they are taught that this government is inherently evil. it is a bit convenient that the same people pushing this socialist agenda are in the democrat party. it was a democrat by name only because he was a socialist was woodrow wilson that signed into law segregation starting it first in gov. offices. then the socialist infiltraded the unions. then they infiltraded the education system. then the media. the church and on and on. they are of course saying that capitolism is broken. the problem is caused when you inject socialist economics into a capitalism system. then blame all the problems on capitalism. you can’t put gas in diesel engine.all across europe they have tried everything obama is trying to get the economy rolling. they have been doing it for a while and have concluded that it does not work. i once believed that the black community was the most family oriented. but that has been severly eroded. eroding the family is a communist agenda. abortion clinics were started by a women named margret sanger. evil women. her agenda was to rid the world of blacks. hillary clinton received the margret sanger award. hillary is for depopulation as is obama. read the book..rules for by saul alinsky. it is said to be the communist hand book. many memorize it. might say it’s their bible. MLK had a dream that men would be judged by charactor not skin color. we have to stop judging by color but by what they whites or blacks are doing. there was basically a riot in california by socialist and communist waring between who was going to take over this country. that is the true battle we as Americans are really fighting. they of course don’t want us to realize that. they want to let us believe that it is between democrat and republican and black and white. the socialist/ communist have infiltrated all of the above. it is true that if you say a lie enough it will be believed. that was stared by woodrow wilson and used by hitler. they know if they say a group is raciest and keep saying it many will believe it.

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