Obama's Speech On Race Tomorrow

Folks I think this is a big deal. While I expect Obama to put some distance between him and Rev. Wright, he can't do his standard shtick of attacking black people, and call that a speech on race. That's not a dis. I like him dealing with black homophobia. I less like him dealing with black antisemitism, not because I think there are no black antisemites, but because I think it's a trumped up issue which people overstate and then exploit. People attack Farrakhan--like he somehow is demonstrative of the mind-state of black folks--while ignoring these rabid right-wingers who "support" Israel, because they believe it will beckon the Apocalypse...

Oh sorry, was I ranting? Anyway, my point is he needs to stand up for Trinity and he needs to stand up for black people--if only just a little bit. Even if he doesn't share Rev. Wright's views, he can't act like they come out nowhere. Most white people in this country simply have not a clue what it's like--not so much for us young'uns--but for folks who actually saw segregation. I'm thinking about people like Rev. Wright and my Pops, folks who actually went into the service and found that a substantial portion of this country still didn't see them as any more American. Barack can be candid. I expect him to make a case for us letting bygones be bygones---and I'm with him on that. I'm so tired of fighting over Affirmative Action, but I'm just getting warmed up on an Earned Income Tax credit for men, and a case for a different prison policy hinged on fiscal responsibility. But he can't act like these views come out of nowhere. He just can't.