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While checking out the latest Rude Pundit smackdown of Ann Coulter, ran across this link to Bono's acceptance speech for the 2007 NAACP Image Awards Chairman's Award.

If you have about 5 minutes to watch, check it out.  His remarks on human rights and poverty were moving and brought the audience to its feet.

I'm not usually one who gives a lot of thought to heritage or ethnic identity but Bono stirs up a bit of Irish pride.

And on a side note, if you are a U2 fan and have never heard 'Silver and Gold' live version, turn in your membership right now!

Ok, here is a rough transcript below, I've left out the opening pleasantries where Bono thanks the presenters and jokes around with Tyra Banks a bit.

Watch it if you can, the text dosen't do it justice.

"People talk about the greatness of America, I just think of the NAACP.  Thats what I think of, it genuinely comes to my head.  And, I'm also honored to be on the same stage as the other honorees.  Bill Cosby, Prince, ah. So cool, so cool.  See, I grew up in Ireland, and when I grew up Ireland was divided along religious lines, sectarian lines.  Young people like me were parched for the vision that poured out of pulpits of black america and the vision of a black reverend from Atlanta, a man who refused to hate because he know love would do a better job. (Applause) These ideas travel you know, and they reached me, clear as any tune and lodged in my brain like a song, and I couldn't shake that.  This is Ireland in the 70's growing up, people like me looked across the ocean to the NAACP and I'm here tonight and that feels good, feels very, very good. (Applause)

Well today the world looks again to the NAACP, we need the community that taught the world about civil rights to teach it something about human rights. (Applause) I'm talking about the right to live like a human, the right to live period.  Those are the stakes in Africa right now, 5500 Africans dying every day from AIDS, a preventable and treatable disease.  Nearly a million Africans, most of them children, dying every year from malaria, death by mosquito bite.  This is not about charity, as you know here in this room, this is about justice, it's about justice and equality. (Applause)

Now I know that America hasn't solved all its problems and I know AIDS is still killing people right here in America.  I know the hardest hit are African-Americans, many of them young women.  Today at a church in Oakland, I went to see such extraordinary people with this lioness here (points to Lee in audience) Barbara Lee with her pastor J. Alfred Smith and may I say that was the poetry and the righteous anger of the black church.  It was such an inspiration to me, a very white, almost pink (laughter) Irish man growing up in Dublin.

This is true religion, true religion will not let us fall asleep in the comfort of our freedom.  'Love thy neighbor' is not a piece of advice, it is a command. (Applause) And that means a lot, a lot.  That means in the global village we are going to have to start loving a whole lot more people, thats what that means.  Thats right.  His truth is marching on.  2 million Americans have signed up to the ONE campaign to make poverty history, tonight the NAACP is signing up to work with us and so can you.  His truth is marching on.

Because where you live should not decide whether you live or whether you die. (Applause) To those in the church who still sit in judgement on the AIDS emergency, let me climb into the pulpit for just one moment.  Because whatever thoughts we have about God, who he is, or even if God exists, most would agree that God has a special place for the poor. (sustained applause begins) The poor are where God lives, God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house.  God is where the opportunity is lost and lives are shattered (audience stands).  God is with the mother who has infected her child with a virus that will take both their lives.  God is under the rubble in the cries we hear during wartime.  God my friends is with the poor, and he is with us, if we are with them.(sustained applause)  This is not a burden, this is an adventure, and don't let anyone tell you, 'it cannot be done.'  We can be the generation that ends extreme poverty.  Thank you" (loud applause)

Originally posted to JOSHBinPG on Mon Mar 05, 2007 at 07:23 PM PST.


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Comment Preferences

  •  It was (2+ / 0-)
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    fbc21ca, belindapope

    a great speech.  And a great tribute by the Roots as well.

  •  You'll like this, then... (0+ / 0-)

    "Our sweat and our blood have fallen on this land to make other men rich." Cesar Estrada Chavez

    by bic momma on Mon Mar 05, 2007 at 07:51:48 PM PST

  •  Wonderful speech! (0+ / 0-)

    This man walks the talk! Did you try to look for any transcriptions of the speech on line?  It might be good for people who can play audio at work to see the text.

    "The waging of war, by its nature, is total - but the waging of peace, by our own cowardice, is partial." -- Daniel Berrigan

    by Rico on Mon Mar 05, 2007 at 07:52:14 PM PST

  •  MSM coverage (3+ / 0-)
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    sj, Gooserock, Dianna

    Sort of irritated by the local newscast I just saw, they ran a piece on the awards show and included only the last line of his remarks. They spliced in the footage of the crowd rising to its feet as if they rose for this last line, when in fact they rose up for the earlier comments which the corporate media of course will never show on the nightly news.

  •  Oh, he's just angling for the Nobel Prize (2+ / 0-)
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    sj, belindapope

    THAT WAS A JOKE! I'm just paraphrasing the stuff about Clark angling for VP. Bono deserves the Nobel Prize. Once Paul Krugman wins it for economics and I can watch Bill O'Reilly squirm, I'll die happy.

    As for Bono's speech, W-O-W! One of my favorite U2 songs is I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, because Bono isn't just singing but shouting. He's singing with passion, like he means it, because he does, and that same passion shines through in that speech. It's wonderful to see someone with such energy channel the public's interest and attention toward causes beyond himself. Contrast that will all the drivel you normally see on TV...

    I like Silver & Gold but had never heard the live version til now. Awesome. I'm partial to A Room At the Heartbreak Hotel.

    I saw U2 on the Joshua Tree tour. That remains one of my absolute best memories.

    And kudos to the NAACP for its involvement in Africa!

  •  yes i watched it on TV (0+ / 0-)

    he was really good
    but then just a few days after the awards show the president of the NAACP resigned... what's up with that?

    "It's entertainment until somebody is attacked," Spocko said.

    by suskind on Mon Mar 05, 2007 at 08:31:26 PM PST

  •  Bono has (0+ / 0-)

    the best shades, a great voice and is a savvy investor. He certainly has image. I think I prefer Sir Bob though, he seems less concerned by image and gets less recognition this side of the pond for his amazing work.

    Oh that we had the gift to see ourselves as others see us. Robbie Burns

    by ohcanada on Mon Mar 05, 2007 at 08:50:39 PM PST

  •  Thanks for sharing this (0+ / 0-)

    I have read Bono's speaches before.  He sure has a lot to say.

  •  Really excellent speech. (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you for sharing.  I am now reaching for my iPod to hear U2 w/ Mary J Blige sing "One."

  •  I Love This Man (0+ / 0-)
    The subject head says it all. I love this man and his band. Thank you for this diary.
  •  ,,,,and to think that 30 years ago when he was a (0+ / 0-)

    poor lad from Dublin, he had the gall to think he could change the world with his voice!

    Bono has made the most dramatic, meaningful contribution to humanity of anyone in the entertainment industry.  


  •  Recommended! Tip jar, tip jar, c'mon tip har! n/t (0+ / 0-)

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