I'm sure you have heard commentary on or even watched or read what Barack said yesterday.
After driving back from Winston I turned on my TV last night to see the speech. It was powerful, well done, and to me, seemed honest.
I do NOT claim to be an expert on politics or on this whole issue, but I there were several parts that made me nod my head and say, "this is what we need to hear."
Given my background, my politics, and my professed values and ideals, there will no doubt be those for whom my statements of condemnation are not enough. Why associate myself with Reverend Wright in the first place, they may ask? Why not join another church? And I confess that if all that I knew of Reverend Wright were the snippets of those sermons that have run in an endless loop on the television and You Tube, or if Trinity United Church of Christ conformed to the caricatures being peddled by some commentators, there is no doubt that I would react in much the same way
But the truth is, that isn't all that I know of the man. The man I met more than twenty years ago is a man who helped introduce me to my Christian faith, a man who spoke to me about our obligations to love one another; to care for the sick and lift up the poor. He is a man who served his country as a U.S. Marine; who has studied and lectured at some of the finest universities and seminaries in the country, and who for over thirty years led a church that serves the community by doing God's work here on Earth - by housing the homeless, ministering to the needy, providing day care services and scholarships and prison ministries, and reaching out to those suffering from HIV/AIDS.
This may not be something that is a "good move" politically, but to me this shows that there is more to people than one portion of their lives. I want a president who can see complexities in people and pull out the good.
He spoke about coming together, about understanding the other, about moving beyond spectacles, about hope for more than division, about the real struggles, anger, fear, and grief that people of all racial back grounds have felt and feel.
Then this morning on CNN , I heard one commentator say something like , "His speech was a discourse that didn't just address his association with Reverend Wright, but it asked the American people to look at themselves."
The commentator said this like it was a NEGATIVE thing... to consider our part in the system of fear and anger and oppression and division. All of us, white, black, brown DO have a part to play in it.
We want a scape goat, we want to point fingers at those who take extreme positions. It makes us feel better about ourselves.
What are your thoughts?