Sunday, January 20, 2008

"Obama urges unity in rousing speech at King's church"

Sorry if this starting to look like "All Obama all the time" here, but the guy keeps on saying hypocritical, opportunist things. The latest is he plea for unity in Martin Luther King Jr.'s own church on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Here are the key quotes:

""For most of this country's history, we in the African-American community have been at the receiving end of man's inhumanity to man.


"And yet, if we are honest with ourselves, we must admit that none of our hands are entirely clean. If we're honest with ourselves, we'll acknowledge that our own community has not always been true to King's vision of a beloved community."

Obama cited anti-immigrant sentiment, black-Jewish clashes and scorn for the gay community as examples of how blacks had fallen short and added: "Our politics fuels and exploits this kind of division across all races and regions; across gender and party.""

This is like celebrating David by pointing out that although Goliath was bad David too was aggressive. It's a sentiment that Obama made no doubt for the white audience that will no doubt read about it tomorrow.

If people's hands are dirty that means by definition that they're partly to blame for something. Obama's subtext is that blacks are responsible for the hate directed against them, and so whites aren't totally to blame. Therefore whites can breath a sigh of relief and vote for Obama.

I think that Malcolm X made a distinction along the way between the field negro (in his words) and the house negro, the latter living in the big house with master serving him. It's apparent which one of those Obama is.

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