One Last Point

Apr 30th, 2008 | By | Category: Politics

This is the promise of the Obama candidacy, encapsulated and made real. Obama is urging blacks to leave behind, once and for all, the politics of conspiratorial victimhood — the politics of Jeremiah Wright and, although Obama can’t afford politically to say so explicitly, of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton — and embrace the politics of unity and hope and, ultimately, self-empowerment.

“Right now, at this very moment, we have an African-American candidate for president who commands overwhelming support within the black community, who has just explicitly and firmly denounced the radical and hateful nonsense that is all too often accepted and repeated without question within that selfsame black community. That’s a very good thing.”

Who said? I’m unsure as to how an “Irish Trojan in Tennessee” has any idea what the pulse of the black community is, or who it overwhelmingly supports.

That’s what makes Barack’s ideology so problematic in the first place. Why does “Can’t-we-all-just-get-along” speak always have to devolve into some body outside of the black community knowing what’s going on in the black community. ( I know that that one’s on the list of Stuff White People Like: “Knowing Your Culture Better Than You Do”).

I wish somewhere in all this denunciation madness, Barack would be explicit enough to say that it’s 2008, and in addition to learning to read, we can actually speak for ourselves too. Funny how they praise him for being articulate, and yet the first time he really speaks clearly is when he has to slay his father.

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