Obama’s great speech

Watching it right now on YouTube.

One of many impressive passages:

Talk show hosts and conservative commentators built entire careers unmasking bogus claims of racism while dismissing legitimate discussions of racial injustice and inequality as mere political correctness or reverse racism.

Just as black anger often proved counterproductive, so have these white resentments distracted attention from the real culprits of the middle class squeeze – a corporate culture rife with inside dealing, questionable accounting practices, and short-term greed; a Washington dominated by lobbyists and special interests; economic policies that favor the few over the many. And yet, to wish away the resentments of white Americans, to label them as misguided or even racist, without recognizing they are grounded in legitimate concerns – this too widens the racial divide, and blocks the path to understanding.

3 Responses to “Obama’s great speech”

  1. hey_bob says:

    Key passage, David…Obama’s continued emphasis on the value of storytelling can’t be understated. Rarely does any public figure illuminate so deeply a personal history. I marvel when he talks about the “contradiction of good and evil” within our humanity. There’s an elephant in the room – I wonder are we gonna recognize it. More to the point, I hope we can talk about it.

  2. Eric says:

    At last we have a uniquely ‘American’ candidate. He embodies all that unites us and recoginzes what divides us – then he offers a path out, a path to that more perfect union.

    We have let others divide us with fear and ignorance – we need to recognize that together we can be more than the sum of our parts. (insert Grateful Dead group-mind comment here). We have a government that we elect – we can make this what we want it to be and more. It is time to come together and be the government.

  3. david says:

    Well said, Eric!

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