First off, I have to say that I have no idea why anyone would run for president; within ten seconds of an announced candidacy, half the country decides they hate you.
I watched Barack Obama's speech about racism on Tuesday. It was an attempt to undo some of the damage that has been done to his campaign by the videos showing his reverend (Jeremiah Wright) using foul language and cursing America. I wasn't impressed by Obama’s words today. And here's why:
Barack Obama has said this election is about "judgment" and "decision making". As an example of his good judgment abilities, he offers up his opposition to the invasion of Iraq. In fact, almost every speech he gives, he offers that up over and over again as being his main reason he is "qualified" to lead this nation. Fine, that's his claim to fame, so be it. Our intelligence was bad, the management of the war was terrible, and I pray everyday Iraqi forces step up and run their own country. I agree with those points.
But here is a question that needs to be asked of Obama: “If you don't have enough good "judgment" to realize the pastor you trust for advice is spewing race-baited propaganda in order to build his congregation, how in the world are you going to deal with foreign leaders determined to usurp this “beautiful and multicultural” nation of ours?” You must be the only person to know Reverend Wright and not know of his propensity to play to the lowest common denominator while addressing race relations from the pulpit.
As a teenager, I traveled the Midwest with Dr. Stanley C. Harris Jr., helping him preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I visited many black churches during that time. Not one preacher, reverend, or minister I heard, offered up a sermon of anti-imperialist and anti-American rhetoric designed to somehow get the crowd in a frenzy. Nope, they mostly focused on the Gospel and helping their fellowman. Yes, America, and for that matter, all countries have track records marred by terrible atrocities, racism, sexism, tribalism, and genocide. But racism in America will never begin to truly fade away as long as some find fueling the roaring fire the best way to make the mortgage payments.
Barack Obama is a great orator. No doubt about that. But as we have all heard, “Actions speak louder than words.” An empty pew at Trinity United Church of Christ just might have propelled Barack all the way to The White House.
It is interesting to read articles by American writers during your Presidential campaign, and there is evidence of strong support in each of the camps. I do believe that our world needs people particularly christians taht are able to look at things through the eyes of others even if ultimately we choose not to agree. Listening to other's storyy/ narrative is fundamental today.