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Barack Obama to Give 'Major Race Speech' Tomorrow

On religion too, apparently. Politico reports:

Obama"Barack Obama will give a major speech on 'the larger issue of race in this campaign,' he told reporters in Monaca, PA just now. He was pressed there, as he has been at recent appearances, on statements by his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright. 'I am going to be talking about not just Reverend Wright, but the larger issue of race in this campaign,' he said. He added that he would 'talk about how some of these issues are perceived from within the black church issue for example,' he said."

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  1. NIC....you and I rarely agree.....but I like your post. You hit the nail right on the head. I'm from that non minority, a white guy, but I am not blind to what goes on in my country and you covered all of the bases.

    SILVERSKREEN....your absolutely correct when you say that before supporting a candidate that a person needs to know all there is to know about them. I wish more voters would do that and not just vote for someone based on looks, color, ethnicity, wealth or because he or she is the **cool flavor** of the month....but based on the persons charecter, stand on the issues and especially the issues that will have an impact on me.

    Posted by: Joshua | Mar 18, 2008 3:36:06 AM


  2. JOSHUA,

    thanks. it makes me smile when i can find common ground. we can build on it.

    Posted by: nic | Mar 18, 2008 5:16:13 AM


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    Posted by: mnc | Mar 18, 2008 7:29:12 AM


  4. The thing that gets me is ... here is a preacher, a "religious" man, praying for God to "damn America". And these prayers have been going on for years and years. I am sorry, but Obama must have heard some of this hate speech over the 20 years he freely associated with him. Unlesl of course, it just so happened that every single time the preacher was about to spout his hate, Obama just happened to be absent. Oh miracles of miracles!

    Posted by: Reggie | Mar 18, 2008 8:29:14 AM


  5. If I had to guess--the vast majority of Black Americans agree with Reverend Wright. I'm one of them. I expect to encounter racism from most White Americans just as I expect to find anti-gay hatred (especially anti-BLACK gay) hatred coming from most Black Americans. I hope Barack can appeal to those White Americans who can understand that the wounds of racial atrocities committed by their forefathers have never healed. Perhaps, Barack Obama's election (or atleast a fair winning of the Democratic Nomination) may help continue the healing process.

    Barack should have thought about his relationship to Reverend Wright before he decided to run for president--"what would White America's reaction be to rhetoric which may offend them but which is totally appropriate for Black American ears?" I hope he succeeds tonight in conveying that thought to those white folks who have the capacity to understand the continued anger and frustration that Reverend Wright articulates--justifiably so.


    NIC:

    The only experience that has been comparable to the black experience in this hemisphere was/is the Native American experience. No other group was forced to give up what the Africans gave up to build this nation.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 18, 2008 10:27:41 AM


  6. derrick's 100% right. this is more about offending the sensibilities of people who'd rather not talk about the ugliness of racism and its even uglier past. ("it's divisive!"--yes, but isn't it more important to fix the real problem of racism than to clean up our rhetoric so that no one is offended?)

    thing is, a lot of folk agree with wright, and obama needs to bridge the deeply felt convictions and real experiences of those who do with the anxieties of the privileged, some of which are expressed in the comments above. it's a tough road to hew.

    Posted by: jason | Mar 18, 2008 11:39:29 AM


  7. In the 2004 election, George Bush used homophobia to win votes. But now, gay people are accepting anti-black racism, happily so if it wins Hillary the nomination.

    Do you honestly think that Hillary wouldn't toss gays under the bus if she thought it would win her the election? Bill Clinton told John Kerry to support an anti-gay marriage amendment to compete and disarm Bush in 2004. Bill Clinton was happy to sign DOMA. The Clintons are a team; a very corrupt, salt the earth kind of team.

    http://www.americablog.com/2007/06/bill-clinton-reportedly-told-john-kerry.html

    If Hillary Clinton's campaign had used as much homophobic scare and smear tactics as it has anti-black racism, would you all be so gung-ho for her?

    Karl Rove's strategy to win and govern is to get 51% of the vote. Rush Limbaugh urged his supporters to vote for Hillary in the primaries. Why would he do so?

    For Hillary to get the nomination, she would have to overturn the will of the Democratic electorate that has given Obama more delegates and popular vote. That's called a coup. It's not only undemocratic, it's political suicide for the Democratic Party.

    For people to support Hillary's attempted coup shows an utter contempt for democracy and the willingness to accept the kind of tactics that progressives found deplorable about Bush's so-called victory in Florida.

    But, yet, that's what he have here on Towleroad. People who would be happy if Hillary stole the election.

    Reality check: The Democratic Party is a coalition. What's fueled it's recent success has partially been the hard work of progressive activists who have fought for grassroots campaigning and Internet-based advocacy. They're the ones down in the trenches getting out the vote.

    Two of the premiere actors in this regard is DailyKos.com and Moveon.org. Their members are pissed; they represent the John Edwards, Barack Obama and Dennis Kucinich wing of the Party. They believe the Democratic Leadership Council that was founded by Bill & Hillary Clinton is corrupt and doesn't care about the average American.

    The people who are part of these organizations are largely young and middle-aged voters. They're passionate about social change and have organized to support and win elections for local and national candidates that have turned out Republicans. These are people who scare the sh@t out of the DLC because they are against the status quo.

    What do you think would happen if they see a back room deal to give Hillary Clinton the nomination? How many of them would simply not bother to show up on election day?

    For the last 40 years, the success of the Democratic Party on the national level has been because it receives 95% of the African-American vote. If the Democratic "nominee" were to get the nomination through the use of anti-black racism against a biracial man, how many African-Americans do you think will vote show up to vote for that nominee?

    How many of those voters might sit at home in anger or, if the Republicans ran Colin Powell for VP, they might vote McCain as a protest vote?

    If the Democratic Party falls apart, then so goes major legislation to support gay rights along with chances of getting progressive judges on the Supreme Court.

    Posted by: noah | Mar 18, 2008 2:14:08 PM


  8. DERRICK,

    you're kidding, right? what are mexican-americans if not Native. many of us are part european, but isn't obama (and many blacks), as well?

    we lost all of our lands; you did too. you were lynched; we were, too. many of us were slaves; many of you were, too.

    i do not want to go down this path with you. it is the prerogative of the aggrieved to feel his or her injury more than the next person. hence, it is an exercise in futilty to get into an argument over which group has suffered most. that is the rev. wright's schtick, not mine.

    i hope you can see why even people like me who have no animosity toward blacks, or any other group, might be off-put by the reverand's splenetic sermons.

    Posted by: nic | Mar 18, 2008 3:56:51 PM


  9. Thanks JOSHUA for suggesting that I check out the polls. Your numbers were REALLY scary but surprisingly, when I went to the site you suggested and others I found that your claims were complete bogus.

    Though the web address you cited didn't have polls I found one that did.

    See for yourself.

    http://realclearpolitics.com/polls/

    Additionally, all of the news programs today(except Fox, which I don't watch) agreed today that Obama has already started to rebound even BEFORE the speech. And ALL said that the speech was going to be much more effective in turning this thing around than anyone would have ever thought. Even Bay Buchanan said that Obama had rendered this "scandal" a moot issue in one feld swoop.

    Nice try to spin the facts. Just stick
    with your self-proclaimed preferred candidate McCain and stop trying to misinform people about what's going on on the Democratic side.

    Posted by: Zeke | Mar 18, 2008 11:05:18 PM


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