Dear Senator Obama,
I listened to your speech today explaining that it's all the "great racial divide" in this country between black and white people, rich and poor, privileged and those not. Sorry, the informed voter is not going to buy that. I believe the informed voter believes that any black person, any inter-racial person, any person of any race or color or gender, can be friends, can be their equals or superiors, their governor or president. It's all in the "culture" of the individual, not the race.
A while back I blogged that there is some discrimination against everybody. Men, women, bosses, smokers, non-smokers, hookers, drinkers, non-drinkers, church goers, secular folks, ACLU, radical environmentalists, big businesses, farmers both rich and poor, shop workers, day laborers, gays, Italians, Jews, Hispanics, Irish, rich and richer, Chinese, Japanese, bloggers, writers, coaches who were promoted to principals, union members, non-union members, Democrats, Republicans, mother-in-laws, black people, Yale vs. Eureka College, Greeks on campuses, country clubs among themselves or non country club members, independents - how far do I need to go to get my message across that all of these above named groups are most often friends, sometimes enemies, sometimes ignored or tolerated, sometimes bullied or put down, sometimes friendly acquaintances,etc?
A few radical black people, yes, Barack Obama, your wife, your minister and many of the members of your and his church are radicals, some of them are open about it like Farakand sp? and Pastor Wright. Others, like you, are educated to know they must pose in what I call "sheep's clothing" believing they have the knowledge to advise all the black (and some white people) who they have an opportunity to lead that their followers are "victims of a white society".
I ask that you look in my sidebar archive dated 9/19/05, where I wrote a blog called "Victimization". This blog pretty well sums up real life and not the one the Obama's live. Leaders like the educated Obama's subtiety blame the white's for causing discrimination and racial hatred accepted almost as gospel by many educated and uneducated blacks, the poor, the downtrodden, the lazy, the unemployed and the wise guys; drug dealers and many users, robbers, murderers and thiefs.
Are there discrimination's and are some people victimized? You bet. Just don't make victimization a theme song. Lead the way as Robert Kennedy said, "Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, (not perceived injustice) s/he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
Or "Whom the Gods wish to destroy, they first make mad." (attributed to Euripides) By just being overly angry over perceived or actual acts of injustice will only lead to the incarceration of more angry proportionately uneducated black people.
No, Senator Obama, your speech today did not explain your statements that you did not know your 20 year friend, mentor and minister was preaching racial hatred and division. Your charisma and demagoguery should be "seen through" by the informed voter. If not, I fear for this great country.
I suspect Bill Cosby has not endorsed you nor do I suspect he will. You should read Cosby, Juan Williams, Ward Connerly and Bill Gates to name a very few. They understand the problems among the cultures far better than you.