Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Racial Divide

"OBAMA DECRIES RACIAL RHETORIC" ran a recent headline. In the article, Barack Obama decried "the forces of division" over race that he said are intruding into the Democratic presidential nomination contest. "We have to come together," he said.

"The forces of division have begun to raise their ugly head again," Obama said. "It reminds me: We've got a tragic history when it comes to race in this country. A lot of pent-up anger and mistrust and bitterness. This country wants to move beyond these kinds of things."

Yet Barack Obama has for twenty years been a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, where his pastor, Jeremiah Wright, says things like this:








When the media spotlight shone on Wright's anti-American, racist attitude, Obama "denounced" Wright's remarks as "inflammatory."
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In 2006, Barack Obama gave $22,500 to the church.
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Only after getting caught did Obama try to "distance" himself from the remarks of his pastor of seventeen years. Prior to this he had never publicly criticized the remarks as "racist" or "divisive."
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Does a potential POTUS get away with something like this? Shrugging off the remarks of his spiritual mentor of twenty years as though they were unimportant, and accusing others of the exact same thing for bringing up the subject? How much of a free ride does this guy get?
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"President" Obama?
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Not if I can help it.

8 comments:

gern blansten said...

um, reverend wright, Porter Waggoner called. He wants his suit back....

gern blansten said...

by the way, this guy IS sort of racist, huh?!

Anonymous said...

I hope that you are prepared to watch this guy deliver the invocation at Obamma's inauguration. I don't believe McCain can drum out the republican base. Thoughts?

Anonymous said...

oops. I meant "Obama" not Obamma.

wordkyle said...

I think this will be an "against" election. If the Obama/Clinton battle continues, it may anger their respective supporters enough that if their person loses, they'll support McCain in November just to vote against the other candidate.

The only people really against McCain are Conservatives and hardcore anti-war Liberals. Conservatives will hold their nose and vote for McCain.

Until recently I thought Obama was unbeatable. The media was treating him with kid gloves and he had made no glaring gaffs. But now, with the recent uproar over Wright's comments, Obama has become the "black candidate," and his delayed response to Wright (which implies agreement) makes him scarier to white voters. Also, his association with Rezko should be hitting the headlines shortly due to Rezko's trial.

All the negative publicity at this time may make him damaged goods and influence the superdelegates to vote for Clinton. If that happens, there will be rioting. If it doesn't, then Democrats knowingly nominated a candidate with known credibility problems, which would hurt him in November.

I think Hillary Clinton would attract the biggest "anti" turnout in political history. I gave my reasons previously here. That blog, written in February of '07, still holds up pretty well. (Except Hillary is not the favorite now!) Clinton's nomination would be the motivating force needed to turn out Conservative voters in droves.

Anonymous said...

What are the odds that the supers will go with Hillary? I need to know how much time I have to build a bunker.

wordkyle said...

Right now I'd say not very good. Obama's got more delegates and more of the popular vote. If the Democrats have a brokered convention, and the Florida and Michigan delegates are given full credentials, Clinton could win. This would alienate black voters, who vote overwhelmingly Democrat. So Clinton could win politically, and destroy the Democrat party in the process. We can only hope.

Anonymous said...

Amen! Happy Easter.