I can no more disown him than I can disown my white grandmother, a woman who had helped raise me, a woman who had sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves any thing in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed her by on the street and on who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe. These people are part of me. And they are part of America, this country that I love.
He should have also added a propos his grandmother “…a woman who I am about to out as a racist before an international audience!” Poor grandma. Anyhow, Obama didn’t drop his Gs so I am assuming this speech was aimed at white folks. But wow was that weak! You cannot choose your grandmother, but you sure as heck can choose the man whose Church you’re going to attend for 20 years. You can choose who it is that is going to officiate at your wedding and you can choose who it is that is going to be your spiritual adviser and inspiration. Imagine a Jewish politician whose Rabbi was say, Meir Kahane. We’d be all over him like flies on shit. And rightly so! Why is Obama worthy of getting a pass on this one? I am and remain completely unimpressed. Barack should have disowned Reverend Wright a long time ago, that he didn’t is a testament to his loyalty, his hubris and his lack of decisiveness. Y’all want that dude as your next president?
The image above was taken from ObeyGiant where you can purchase other Obama swag characterized by hip, pretty illustrations and resonant phrases like “Change!” and “Hope!” and “Progress!” Also, you should really check out Jamie Kirchick’s take on the whole Reverend Wright thing.