Tuesday, March 18, 2008


I've only read and heard part of Senator Obama's speech in Philadelphia, but the parts I heard rang true. Particularly the part about "the reality in which Reverend Wright and other African-Americans of his generation grew up."

Frankly, it is also the generation in which Senator Obama and his generation grew up. Say, hypothetically, that you are younger than the Senator and the date of your birth coincided with this infamous speech, made not so long ago:

Today I have stood, where once Jefferson Davis stood, and took an oath to my people. It is very appropriate then that from this Cradle of the Confederacy, this very Heart of the Great Anglo-Saxon Southland, that today we sound the drum for freedom as have our generations of forebears before us done, time and time again through history. Let us rise to the call of freedom-loving blood that is in us and send our answer to the tyranny that clanks its chains upon the South. In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny . . . and I say . . . segregation today . . . segregation tomorrow . . . segregation forever.

And let's not forget how that speech ended:

And my prayer is that the Father who reigns above us will bless all the people of this great sovereign State and nation, both white and black.

If you were born on that day, you're still relatively young.

The men and women of Reverend Wright's generation need to explain what they were doing (or weren't doing) when that was going on. But I'm certain the feeble-minded bigots of this generation who are sneering about the Senator's speech (no links to the bigots; you know where to find them) would fall all over themselves praising Governor Wallace as a man of faith.

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