Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Obama's Carefully Hidden Racism in Speech on Jeremiah Wright

Depending on who you listen to, Senator Obama's speech yesterday was brilliant, the best speech since Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" to pundits that believe he fell far short of the mark. To gauge a speech, to know what it really says one has to read it numerous times, disect it, study it. So far, I've read the speech three times, and it was in that third speech that I found a very carefully hidden and disturbing passage, a passage that I believe shows Senator Obama has his own very carefully hidden racist views, his own prejudices against White people. A harsh accusation, one that could force him to resign as a Presidential contender, but one that I feel is just in making.

In the one section of the speech he is talking about the anger within the black community, putting it in perspective, and then goes on to talk about the agnst that many White people feel.

His Words:

That anger is not always productive; indeed, all too often it distracts attention from solving real problems; 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.

In fact, a similar anger exists within segments of the white community. Most working and middle-class white Americans don't feel that they have been particularly privileged by their race.

Read that last passage VERY CAREFULLY. Most working and middle-class white Americans don't feel that they have been particularly privileged BY THEIR RACE. Cut down to it's barest essentials, Obama is saying that their problems, and our problems are the fault of the White race. The Black Community are being oppressed by White people, and some White people are being oppressed by White people, but it is the White Race that is doing all the oppressing.

There are other portions of the speech that are disturbing, but this one is glaringly problematic, one that the Press should be all over, one that the Republicans will POUNCE ON IN THE FALL.

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