Obama’s Race Speech Won’t Be Enough

In an America that is hungering to forget some of its ugly past such as slavery and racial separatism, it might seem that Barack Obama is the candidate to heal these ostensibly permanent wounds. His attempt at solidifying himself as the post-racial candidate in his race speech will likely only solidify his place in history as another Democratic presidential nominee to not win the White House. Barack Obama had a big chance to walk through that door and lead the nation into post-racial America, but he slammed it shut and threw away the key. While the speech was flowery and poignant, as Obama’s speeches are known, it lacked in some very significant areas.

Several weeks ago, I mistakenly thought that Obama was bigger than the race issue and that because he could unite the races that people would think he would automatically be able to unite ideologies. I was wrong. Instead of stepping past the race issue, Obama catapulted race right to the forefront of his campaign. While it may be true that he blew his chances over the years while he sat quietly in the pews of Trinity United Church of Christ, I think he could have weathered this storm and survived.

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Just some things I noticed:

Mistake #1- Talking about slavery. I hate to break it to anyone who doesn’t know, but slavery ended over 140 years ago. There probably isn’t a person alive whose parent or grandparent experienced it. It’s over and Americans don’t respond well when they are made to feel guilty about something that happened in the 19th century.

Mistake #2- Justifying Wright’s racism. Obama denounced his hate-speech, but rather asked that we understand where Wright is coming from. The Rev. Wright has said some over-the-top stuff, but justifying it doesn’t allow Obama to step beyond the race issue. In order to be the post-racial candidate, Obama has to be race-neutral. He can’t do that by having close associations with a guy that is well known for speeches with outrageous claims like “America created HIV for a black genocide”. Obama touched on the race issue, but didn’t mention the anti-American message that is prominent in the church, which is perhaps a larger problem than racism.

Mistake #3- Changing his story about when he heard Wright’s rantings. Perhaps his error was when he initially lied, however, now he is telling the truth. Originally he said he never heard anything controversial in what Wright had said. Now he admits to hearing them. Of course he heard them. How could he be in a church for twenty years and not hear them? It isn’t like Wright started this yesterday! What is going to be really damning is if the Clinton’s get some video of one of Wright’s “hate-America” sermons and the video shows Obama clapping after one of the rants.

Mistake #4- Throwing his Grandmother under the bus. Not a cool move no matter how you look at it. If you haven’t read it, you can read the full text of the speech here.

I do not believe that Barack Obama is a racist and I am not suggesting that he might be. However, you are known by the company that you keep, and Obama has quite a few interesting ties to people and groups with radical ideas and positions. How can he have such a close friend in Rev. Wright and disavow so much of what Wright says from the pulpit? Why does Obama have guys like Louis Farrakhan and the New Black Panther Party coming out to endorse him? What do these people and groups see in Barack Obama? Is there something that we’re missing here?

Even if Obama does win the nomination, he has all sorts of stuff coming down the pike right now to tie him up for at least 3-4 months. Right after his speech his campaign took down the link from his official website to the New Black Panther Party’s website. It’s also been discovered that Obama was the first presidential candidate to call for Don Imus to step down from his position after Imus’s comments. Why was Obama so quick to call for the resignation of a radio talk show host? Jeremiah Wright had been saying things a whole lot worse than Don Imus ever did for years and years and Obama never called for his resignation.

On top of just these things, Obama has another scandal coming in this Tony Rezko trial, several other ties to anti-American pastors, as well as ties to a terrorist organization known as The Weather Underground. Not too good.

Is it any wonder why McCain is now leading in the polls?

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One Response

  1. Obama’s “church” is little more than a house of hate, and why in the the world would putting the name of Christ on this evil movement, make it holy?
    I do not want to hear about good things this “church” has done for the community, because the vilest person in the world, could do some good things.

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