Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Don't Blame Wright, Blame History!

From Obama's near indistinguishable (from his others) speech today:

Understanding this reality requires a reminder of how we arrived at this point. As William Faulkner once wrote, “The past isn’t dead and buried. In fact, it isn’t even past.” We do not need to recite here the history of racial injustice in this country. But we do need to remind ourselves that so many of the disparities that exist in the African-American community today can be directly traced to inequalities passed on from an earlier generation that suffered under the brutal legacy of slavery and Jim Crow.

This is the reality in which Reverend Wright and other African-Americans of his generation grew up. They came of age in the late fifties and early sixties, a time when segregation was still the law of the land and opportunity was systematically constricted. What’s remarkable is not how many failed in the face of discrimination, but rather how many men and women overcame the odds; how many were able to make a way out of no way for those like me who would come after them.

Don't you uneducated, non-elite, unwashed masses get it! He is a product of racist America, a victim of discrimination and segregation! Forgive him, for he knows not what he spews!

Oh, those crazy "uncles!"

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