How Obama differs from Dr. King

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ … I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. … And if America is to be a great nation this must become true.” –Martin Luther King Jr.

The Obama-mania that has swept our nation is anything but color-blind.

While Mr. Obama may or may not be open to opportunity for all races and genders, the news surrounding him is more racist than I’ve seen in my life.

“Racist” does not necessarily mean “hurtful”.  In many, if not most, cases it is so.  Think, though, of the stories you’ve seen over the past year.  How many are some version of “this black man has worked at his mundane job for 50 years and now can celebrate a black man in the white house.”?  Many are heartwarming, tear-jerking stories.  But they place Mr. Obama’s race as central to his candidacy and, presumably, his administration.  And Mr. Obama has neither done nor said anything to repudiate it.

If you want to convince me that electing Obama broke the racial barrier, show me stories of people, of all races and colors, who praise him for moral stance, or issues stance, or some non-racial factor.  Then, and only then, might I begin to think that racism isn’t being celebrated and promoted in our nation today.

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Published in: on January 20, 2009 at 6:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

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