Obama blew it

I have several questions about the Rev. Wright episode that were not addressed by Sen. Obama in his speech (and I must admit, I have not heard it; but I did read it).  While Sen. Obama did not answer my questions, he did initiate a dialogue (or at least, that appears to have been his purpose).

Along those lines, I see a fascinating article in my hometown newspaper (I live in the greater LA region).  This article mirrors my own thoughts, so I thought I would direct your attention to it.

The part that resonated with me was the following lines:

We and our leaders -- especially our candidates for the highest office in the land -- must repudiate all forms of racial idiocy and sexism, and be judged by whether we still belong to exclusionary or hateful groups.

I would modify those lines to say: We, as progressives (and forget our leaders), must repudiate all forms of racial idiocy and sexism, and be judged by whether we still belong to exclusionary or hateful groups.    We must NEVER excuse such forms of racial idiocy and sexism, even when we can understand where it comes from.

If we fail to do that, then we might as well go join the Republican party !!

You can find the original article at
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition /opinion/la-oew-meyers20mar20,1,5615767. story?track=rss

About the author:

Michael Meyers is executive director of the  New York Civil Rights Coalition  and a former assistant national director of the NAACP. These views are his own.  

Here is the article reprinted in part (to comply with fair use , you can read the whole article with the link above):

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Geraldine Ferraro resents being lumped in with the Rev. Wright in Obama speech

Former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro said today that she objected to the comparison Sen. Barack Obama drew between her and his former pastor in his speech on race relations Tuesday.

In the speech, Obama sought to place the inflammatory remarks of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright in a broader context, in part by placing them on a continuum with Ferraro's recent remark to the Daily Breeze that Obama is "lucky" to be black.

"To equate what I said with what this racist bigot has said from the pulpit is unbelievable," Ferraro said today. "He gave a very good speech on race relations, but he did not address the fact that this man is up there spewing hatred."Ferraro, the only woman to ever run on a major party presidential ticket, sparked a controversy when she told the Breeze that "If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position." The resulting controversy was quickly superceded by an even greater furor over Wright's sermons, in which Obama's longtime pastor denounced America and argued that the 9-11 terrorist attacks were retribution for U.S. foreign policy.

In an effort to stem the damage to his presidential campaign, Obama gave a 37-minute speech Tuesday in which he used Ferraro's remarks as a rhetorical foil to Wright's and drew a parallel between black anger and white resentment.
"On one end of the spectrum, we've heard the implication that my candidacy is somehow an exercise in affirmative action; that it's based solely on the desire of wild- and wide-eyed liberals to purchase racial reconciliation on the cheap," Obama said.

"On the other end, we've heard my former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, use incendiary language to express views that have the potential not only to widen the racial divide, but views that denigrate both the greatness and the goodness of our nation and that rightly offend white and black alike."

Ferraro, who supports Sen. Hillary Clinton, has been unapologetic about her remarks. Clinton has said she disagrees with Ferraro and has accepted Ferraro's resignation from her finance committee.

Ferraro said she had "no clue" why Obama would include her in his speech, and said Obama's association with Wright raises serious questions about his judgment.

"What this man is doing is he is spewing that stuff out to young people, and to younger people than Obama, and putting it in their heads that it's OK to say `Goddamn America' and it's OK to beat up on white people," she said. "You don't preach that from the pulpit."

Ferraro also said she could not understand why Obama had called out his own white grandmother for using racial stereotypes that had made him cringe.

"I could not believe that," she said. "That's my mother's generation."

Obama returned to Ferraro's remarks later in his speech, again drawing a comparison between her and Wright.

"We can dismiss Reverend Wright as a crank or a demagogue, just as some have dismissed Geraldine Ferraro in the aftermath of her recent statements as harboring some deep-seated bias," Obama said.

He went on to argue that such dismissals would foreclose a deeper understanding of racial resentments.

Obama appeared to allude to Ferraro once more when he said that it would be wrong to "pounce on some gaffe by a Hillary supporter as evidence that she's playing the race card."

It was Obama's campaign that drew the most attention to Ferraro's remark last week, and suggested they fit with an pattern of racial comments by Clinton surrogates.

"That's exactly what he did," Ferraro said. "It was their campaign that started this."

In sum, however, Ferraro said she thought the speech was "excellent," and said she understood why Obama could not renounce his association with Wright.

"I think they got as far as they could go politically," she said. "They're looking at their base. Their base is African-Americans. They're looking at that and they're trying to walk a very thin line. They don't want to offend the African-Americans, and this is the way he did it."

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Is Barry Obama racist?

I think he is.

Barack Obama is a racist. His speech shows it without the slightest doubt.

You see, when you don't hold people responsible for their actiosn because of the color of their skin, that means you don't feel that they have the capacity to follow the rules everyone else follows.

There is no doubt in my mind that if a Caucasian, an Asian, a Native American would have said these things, they would have been hold to them. Everyone would have accused them, for good enough reasons, of being unpatriotic and treacherous. For being unamerican.

And they would be right.

Barack Obama comes and gives us a speech in which he tells us that because of the Black experience and oppression, we cannot hold jeremiah Wrigth accountable for his words, neither can we hold barack Obama accountable for associating with him and thus implicitely approving of him.
 He also tells us that the sort of speech Wright used is one common for Black churches.

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Dorothy And I Think Alike

Obama is OZ...

he had, until a rew days ago, made a lot of us believe (or seduced some of us into believing) in his greatness! Well, the curtain has been drawn and what we have found is a small figure who rose to greatness through the generosity of americans, only to discover that he is fictitious.

An exhange between Dorothy and Oz; one that I find symbolic on so many levels...

Dorothy: "if you are really great and powerful, you'd keep your promises"

OBAMA: "The GREAT OBAMA has spoken"


Dorothy: "who are you?"

OBAMA: "I Am the Great and powerful wizard..."

Dorothy: "you are? I don't believe you. you are a very bad man"

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A Critical Analysis of Obama's Speech on Race and Politics

Regardless of what you may personally think of Barack Obama, there is no denying that there has not been a speech on race made by a politician of his stature in the last generation such as that which the senator delivered today.  Whatever else he may have brought to the election, today in Philadelphia, Barack Obama opened up a dialog on race in this country at a level not yet seen in modern U.S. politics.  My one concern is that the speech may have run too long; it clocks in at nearly 40 minutes.

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