obamarama once again….

Its roughly two months until the most important day in US politics… and I am pumped! Barack Obama is everything contemporary America needs. His Presidency is important for many reasons, but primarily due to the impact it will have upon world politics. To have a US government without George Bush has seemed unimaginable over the last 8 years.. but the time has come for change.

Aside from his celebrity, good looks, charm…. he is proving to be a formidable adversary to the Republican party. His intelligence is ridiculous, and his campaigning skills have been impressive. When scandal hit in the form of his former Pastor, Obama responded with his speech, ‘A More Perfect Union’. He addressed racial tensions, white privilege and race and inequality within the Unitd States. Obama then invoked the history of racial inequality in the United States, first by paraphrasing a line by Faulkner: “The past isn’t dead and buried. In fact, it isn’t even past.” He argued that many of the difficulties in African-American communities could be traced to the sufferings of previous generations under slavery and Jim Crow laws. Obama observed that, in the era in which African-Americans of Reverend Wright’s generation grew up, segregation and degradation were common.

“That anger may not get expressed in public, in front of white co-workers or white friends. But it does find voice in the barbershop or around the kitchen table…occasionally it finds voice in the church on Sunday morning, in the pulpit and in the pews. The fact that so many people are surprised to hear that anger in some of Reverend Wright’s sermons simply reminds us of the old truism that the most segregated hour in American life occurs on Sunday morning. That anger is not always productive…it keeps us from squarely facing our own complicity in our condition, and prevents the African-American community from forging the alliances it needs to bring about real change. But the anger is real; it is powerful; and to simply wish it away, to condemn it without understanding its roots, only serves to widen the chasm of misunderstanding that exists between the races.”

So not only did he address racial issues, he has resisted playing the race card in the election run-up., despite being bombarded with accusations that his wife is an ‘angry black woman’.


~ by k-rock and l-jive on August 25, 2008.

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