on Thu Mar 20 15:43:07 2008
Whew! I certainly will never use the "spade a spade" analogy again! Yikes! I agree with Sasha--from now on I'm talking about figs.
What I meant by that comment was that I was glad to see him tackle the issue in such a headstrong way. I was very glad to see him acknowledge (conveniently overlooked by most pundits) that there are a lot of white people who feel like they're being punished (denied jobs, discriminated against, etc.) for sins like slavery that they never committed. I've never seen a prominent black leader (like Jesse Jackson, for example), do anything to acknowledge that it's not just about The Man holding the black folks down, but that Whitey has legitimate feelings as well (even if they're misguided).
I'm tired of this Wright issue. I don't know how Obama could have more plainly said that he condemned those remarks. I'd love to dig and see what other presidents' pastors have had to say. Like Bush for example--oh wait, that "Christian" president doesn't even go to church.
Perhaps I'm oversensitive as we are also members of a UCC church. But I think you're right, Lisa, in that this whole Wright thing is simply an outlet and focal point for the greater issue of race. It's easier to say "I won't vote for him because his pastor made ugly comments" than to say "I won't vote for him because he's black and I don't want a black president," since everyone knows that saying something like that means you're a racist.
And you're quite right in that Granny doesn't in any way consider herself to be racist (denies the label quite vehemently, in fact). She strongly thinks that niggers should not be discriminated against in hiring--as soon as they stop being lazy and living off of welfare and get a job. *headdesk*
Look Dave, I'm writing a blog post in the middle of your blog post *blush*.