Obama’s Speech Revisited

It’s been a week since Reverend Wright’s inflammatory hate mongering and race baiting were exposed and a little more than two days since Barack Obama’s now famous speech was delivered.

News venues like CNN and MSNBC a la Chris Matthews are hailing it as monumental, a speech first graders should be learning.

First graders??? … I don’t think so. It would probably be a little more appropriate in a college political science class. It’s not quite like George Washington admitting to chopping down the cherry tree. Yet, it may be like the Emancipation Proclamation where Abraham Lincoln conveniently forgot to free the slaves that weren’t in Confederate occupied territories. And, one hundred and forty five years later, people are still missing that point.

It IS a classic example of how a politician can say, “Yes, I lied. Yes, I tried to hide this from the public, and, through a process of smoke and mirrors, have tried … and possibly successfully … to completely bambozzle the public into missing that point.”

It’s not only that his supporters are spinning the speech favorably for him, his critics have almost totally missed his admission that only five days before, he was denying any knowledge of Reverend Wright’s inflammatory activities and statements, i.e., lying. Didn’t Bill Clinton get into some hot water for doing the same thing? But that’s okay, because Jeremiah Wright doesn’t condemn Bill Clinton for lying, but for “doing to black people what he did to Monica Lewinsky”. (It doesn’t quite have the same effect when written … without Reverend Wright’s crude body movements and facial expressions …, does it?)

Could a white person have delivered this speech successfully? Probably not. Doesn’t that, in essence, make Geraldine Ferraro’s statement, or argument, correct? Look at what happened to Bill Clinton. Why are Hillary Clinton and John McCain avoiding the issue like the plague?

Are Geraldine Ferraro’s assessment of Obama’s candidacy and his grandmother’s fear of black men and racial stereotyping really equal to Jeremiah Wright’s vehement hatred of whites? I think Barack Obama owes both of them an apology. Basically, all Geraldine Ferraro said was, “Close you eyes (just like Matthew McConaughey in “A Time to Kill”) and picture Barack Obama as … white, Asian, Latino or whatever … female … someone other than black. Would everyone be fawning over him?” Okay, he was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. So … Susan Estrich was the first female president of the Harvard Law Review in 1976… and she, frankly, has a lot more impressive credentials than either he or Hillary Clinton.

Since this speech, one black minister after another, in a feeble defense of Barack Obama and Jeremiah Wright, have stated that Reverend Wright’s diatribes are “typical” of black churches in America. For the past forty years white churches have made a conscious effort to move away from segregated congregations to being more universally inclusive … in both policy and rhetoric. Does anyone consider this “black liberation theology” anything other than exclusive? Do black people have to be bombarded with hatred every Sunday to feel empowered and self fulfilled? Barack Obama didn’t need to attend a madrasa. He had Jeremiah Wright.

There are many black people who are kind, generous, intelligent and thoughtful, who reach out to their fellow human beings, black and white, who shouldn’t and probably don’t need this rhetoric to feel good about themselves. People like Jeremiah Wright would and do refer to them as “Uncle Toms”. If Barack Obama is being honest about wanting to bring people of all races together, doesn’t that make him, according to Jeremiah Wright’s rhetoric, an “Uncle Tom” also … ?

I’m generally not a person to quote scripture but …

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9).

Jeremiah Wright needs to revisit his scriptures.

And, Barack Obama needs to be honest and stop playing with smoke and mirrors.

One last thing …

Barack, do you really believe that your grandmother’s fears and sentiments are “typical” of white people … including all those millions of white people who have voted for you? Don’t you think that’s being a little paranoid …, not to mention insulting to all those people who have supported you?


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