Remember Obama’s speech the other day, where he outed his white Grandmother (Madelyn Dunham) as a racist in an attempt to diminish the impact of his association with Reverend Wright? I quoted from his speech when I blogged about it and noted that it seemed, you know, a little harsh. I mean, the woman raised him and all and here he was telling a national audience that she was racist!
Well, it turns out I was wrong. He wasn’t really saying that she was racist at all. What he was saying was that her irrational fear of black men and her use of racial epithets simply made her a “typical white person.”
Oh my. Out of the fire and into the frying pan as far as I’m concerned. Here’s Obama’s statement, made to a Philadelphia radio station during an interview:
The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity, but that she is a typical white person. If she sees somebody on the street that she doesn’t know – there’s a reaction in her that’s been bred into our experiences that don’t go away and sometimes come out in the wrong way and that’s just the nature of race in our society.
Obama spokesman Sean Smith later explained “Barack Obama said specifically that he didn’t believe his grandmother harbored any racial animosity, but that her fears were understandable and typical of those often shared by her generation.” OK so Gandma is then a typical white old person? Old white people have been bred to be racist? OK good spin Sean. Except that’s not at all what Obama said.
I don’t know about you, but I feel offended.
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