can i just say???????

That barack obama gave an amazing speech today?  I am not just saying this because I drink the koolaid or because I want him to win, but because he raises the important issue of the complexity of race.  He talks about his grandmother who loves/loved him dearly and yet was biassed against black men.  YES!!!!!  That is the way it is — we are not biassed or unbiassed, we are sall ome complicated mix of both.

Fundamentally, I worry that this is a version of race relations that is too nuanced to make sense to a lot of people.  At the same time, i think it is an accurate representation of how race works in the minds of ordinay citizens.  It is just more complex thanwe think.

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3 Responses to can i just say???????

  1. nobamakoolaid says:

    Frankly, I am somewhat saddened that this is the first real discussion of this campaign we have had on this issue. Barak made some excellent points, but it took this ridiculous controversy to get him speaking. Hillary and McCain remain mum on the subject. Why doesn’t the media do a better job of putting pressure on candidates to talk about issues like this? Does anybody really think Barak would have given that speech today if it were not for the thousands and thousands of replays of his pastor during the last week? Barak could no longer ignore the cumulative effect this loop was having. Clearly, the media has the power to frame the debate. Why don’t they?

  2. lbsmom says:

    I think Obama might have made such a speech whenever he could work it into all the silliness of this campaign. Until race was thrust on stage in front of the mike, it was only mentioned in the nicest of terms in the media. No doubt, a Clinton supporter decided to unearth the reverend’s fiery sermons on race hoping to cast aspersions on supposedly angry black men, and I’m delighted that Obama seized the moment to give one of his best speeches ever. Thanks for the opportunity.

  3. vickywoeste says:

    I was elated watching the speech yesterday. (I wanted to call everyone I knew and exult when it was over!) It struck me as Lincolnesque–his use of the Constitutional metaphor was particularly effective, and so too was his invocation of generational change and the notion of approching perfectability. I heard it as a sermon on the secular religion of American constitutionalism. And then I was sad and discouraged when, predictably, the only real concern of the wagging heads was whether he had sufficiently repudiated his pastor. The people who are afraid of him are clearly determined to do everything they can to make his race and everything that white people fear the only things that white people see when they look at him. On NPR this morning, Martin Marty of the U of C divinity school (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=88552254) said that nothing Pastor Wright said was out of the mainstream of African American religion. How little white people know of what is said in black churches! And how little they care! Most white people, particularly white people who are economically comfortable, simply do not want to learn about the grievances, historical or immediate, of racial minorities in America, much less feel compelled to spend political capital on them.

    I wish this country were able to listen to the speech Obama gave. It was absolutely one for the ages. I doubt people are hearing what he is saying. Too much white noise. And yes, I meant that.

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