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Obama confronts racial division in US (condemns pastor's remarks but says 'anger is real')
AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/18/08 | Nedra Pickler and Matt Apuzzo - ap

Posted on 03/18/2008 9:33:35 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

PHILADELPHIA - Democratic Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday tried to stem damage from divisive comments delivered by his pastor, while bluntly addressing anger between blacks and whites in the most racially pointed speech yet of his presidential campaign.

Obama confronted America's legacy of racial division head on, tackling black grievance, white resentment and the uproar over his former pastor's incendiary statements. Drawing on his half-black, half-white roots as no other presidential hopeful could, Obama asserted: "This union may never be perfect, but generation after generation has shown that it can always be perfected."

Obama expressed understanding of the passions on both sides in what he called "a racial stalemate we've been stuck in for years."

"But the anger is real; it is powerful; and to simply wish it away, to condemn it without understanding its roots, only serves to widen the chasm of misunderstanding that exists between the races," he said in a speech at the National Constitution Center, not far from where the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

Obama rarely talks so openly about his race in such a prominent way, but his speech covered divisions from slavery to the O.J. Simpson trial to the recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina. He also recognized his race has been a major issue in the campaign that has taken a "particularly divisive turn" in the last few weeks as video of his longtime pastor spread on the Internet and on television.

Obama said the sermons delivered by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright "rightly offend white and black alike." Those sermons from years ago suggested the United States brought the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on itself and say blacks continue to be mistreated by whites.

While Obama rejected what Wright said, he also embraced the man who inspired his Christian faith, officiated at his wedding, baptized his daughters and has been his spiritual guide for nearly 20 years.

"I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community," Obama said, speaking in front of eight American flags. "I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother — a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe."

Obama said he knew Wright to occasionally be a fierce critic of U.S. policy and that the pastor sometimes made controversially remarks in church that he disagreed with, but he said he never heard Wright talk about any ethnic group in derogatory terms. The comments that have become a source of debate recently "were not only wrong but divisive" and have raised questions among voters, he said.

"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 YouTube, 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," he said. "But the truth is, that isn't all that I know of the man."

He said he came to Wright's church because he was inspired by Wright's message of hope and his inspiration to rebuild the black community.

Obama said Wright's comments have sparked a discussion that reflect complexities of race in the United States that its people have never really resolved.

"We do not need to recite here the history of racial injustice in this country," Obama said. "But we do need to remind ourselves that so many of the disparities that exist in the African-American community today can be directly traced to inequalities passed on from an earlier generation that suffered under the brutal legacy of slavery and Jim Crow."

Obama said anger over those injustices often find voice in black churches on Sunday mornings. "The fact that so many people are surprised to hear that anger in some of Reverend Wright's sermons simply reminds us of the old truism that the most segregated hour in American life occurs on Sunday morning," he said.

Obama argued that the anger often distracts from solving real problems and bringing change. But he said it also exists in some segments of the white community that feels blacks are often given an unfair advantage through affirmative action.

"If we walk away now, if we simply retreat into our respective corners, we will never be able to come together and solve challenges like health care, or education, or the need to find good jobs for every American," Obama said, drawing a rare burst of applause in a somber address.

Obama said one of the tasks of his campaign to be the first black president is "to continue the long march of those who came before us, a march for a more just, more equal, more free, more caring and more prosperous America."


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1 posted on 03/18/2008 9:33:38 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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Obama

Che’nge Agent for the generations


2 posted on 03/18/2008 9:34:42 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge

way to throw your Grandmother under the bus while trying to extract yourself from under the wheels.


3 posted on 03/18/2008 9:35:18 AM PDT by sappy
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Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill.,
speaks about race during an address in Philadelphia, Tuesday,
March 18, 2008. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


4 posted on 03/18/2008 9:35:46 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge

The liberals are going on and on about what a great speech this was, but the clips I saw showed a man playing some serious defense and having to defend a man who is inherently indefensible.


5 posted on 03/18/2008 9:35:52 AM PDT by No Dems 2004 (No Dems in 2008 either)
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To: NormsRevenge
Conservative Blog Reaction Roundup
6 posted on 03/18/2008 9:35:55 AM PDT by Jay777 (My personal blog: www.stoptheaclu.com)
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To: NormsRevenge

If you read the text of the original speech ( posted on drudge) - he’s saying a lot of things that americans want to hear. He’s bringing the 800lb gorilla out of the closet, and saying okay, we have a gorilla, percieved differently by different americans,let’s not argue that, now what can we agree upon to get it to go away..... pretty seductive argument


7 posted on 03/18/2008 9:36:28 AM PDT by Waverunner ( "Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too." Voltaire)
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To: NormsRevenge
All this angst is the result of the MSM whitewash of Hussein for the last 4 years.

They pretended that he was a different kind of black liberal.

They lied, as did he.

8 posted on 03/18/2008 9:37:23 AM PDT by roses of sharon (Who will be McCain's maverick?)
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To: NormsRevenge
Too little, 20 years too late.

It's no surprise he's sticking with Wright, after all he's been molding Barack Obama for virtually all of his adult life.

9 posted on 03/18/2008 9:37:27 AM PDT by CarryingOn (Spread the message every day, like your life depended on it.)
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To: NormsRevenge

“But we do need to remind ourselves that so many of the disparities that exist in the African-American community today can be directly traced to inequalities passed on from an earlier generation that suffered under the brutal legacy of slavery and Jim Crow.”

I, nor anyone in my family history, had anything to do with slavery or Jim Crow laws. They can all bugger off.


10 posted on 03/18/2008 9:38:23 AM PDT by sheana
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To: NormsRevenge
http://www.amazon.com/Nation-Victims-Decay-American-Character/dp/0312098820

A Nation of Victims

11 posted on 03/18/2008 9:38:26 AM PDT by purpleraine
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To: NormsRevenge

“Obama argued that the anger often distracts from solving real problems and bringing change. But he said it also exists in some segments of the white community that feels blacks are often given an unfair advantage through affirmative action.”

I haven’t heard that level of animosity and hatred, ever. Most whites I know try pretty hard to exercise good will and when the level of hatred as evidenced by Wright’s sermon arise, then I look with different eyes at those around us and begin to realize that nothing we do will ever be good enough.

My people were not here during slavery. But, because I have white skin, I am immediately judged.

That is the definition of racism.

I will not vote for Obama.


12 posted on 03/18/2008 9:39:50 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: NormsRevenge

“Oh-My-Bama!”

This guy is a tower of jello. Imagine him sitting across the table from someone like Vlad Putin during a negotiation of some kind!


13 posted on 03/18/2008 9:40:25 AM PDT by RexBeach ("Americans never quit." Douglas MacArthur)
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To: NormsRevenge

The dominant media will of course hail Hussein`s speech

as one of the best ever and joe sixpack will eat it up.

Fact is he can`t explain listening to a racist hate-

mongering liberation theologian aka marxist for 20 years!

The rest of his speech attempted to unite everyone in

claiming that everyone`s failings in life is the fault of

corporations and capitalism.

So if you`re not a socialist/marxist who believes in

a “social gospel” aka liberation theology aka marxist,

then you must be a RACIST !


14 posted on 03/18/2008 9:40:51 AM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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To: NormsRevenge

“....to condemn it without understanding its roots...”

Go ahead, ORacist. Give us the SPECIFIC historical context for the “roots” of black anger. The vast majority of angry blacks were born after 1950 and thus have no basis for their anger. None.

This is all about the comforting feeling of having a perpetual chip on your shoulder, and the security blanket of having a built-in excuse for your failings. Fomented of course by a disgusting plethora of self-hating white liberals who masochistically rise to this ongoing race-baiting.


16 posted on 03/18/2008 9:41:25 AM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: sappy

That speech should have been entitled “Throw Grandma from the Train!” I’m sick of hearing the same old,same old whining concerning blacks and slavery ,gross mistreatment wah ,wah.. I do not want a president who feels compelled to defend”his people” for the next four to eight years ,depending on how misguided people would be to vote for him.He has every bit as much resentment to whites as his “misguided wife and or minister. He hides it much better.That cackling sound-Hillary celebrating. God help us.


17 posted on 03/18/2008 9:42:10 AM PDT by Disgusted in Texas
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To: NormsRevenge

For a week he has said he never heard such remarks from his pastor but he admitted in his speech that he was there and heard them.


18 posted on 03/18/2008 9:42:35 AM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: NormsRevenge
IMO, I still say that Mr. Obama has been caught in a lie.

After spending the past week denying to the contrary,.....

He made the statement in his speech today: "Did I ever hear him (Wright) make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church?"

Answer: "Yes!"

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19 posted on 03/18/2008 9:42:35 AM PDT by R_Kangel (`.`)
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To: No Dems 2004
But it WAS an awesome speech. I didn't realize he was so well spoken, very impressive. However, de-railing the whole issue isn't going to work. He lied. He has heard the comments, he has been present and he "shrugged them off".

This is among the finest damage control efforts I've seen, nothing more.

I call shenanigans.

Now I'm off to find my broomstick, I think I'm going to need it pretty soon.

20 posted on 03/18/2008 9:43:34 AM PDT by FunkyZero
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To: NormsRevenge

Hillary is the uniter. She is the owner of most beautiful ovaries. Her sexy dresses that she wears is what America needs.

Go Hillary and Go Rush!


21 posted on 03/18/2008 9:43:49 AM PDT by The_Republican (You know why Chelsea Clinton is so Ugly? Because Janet Reno is her Father! LOL! - Mac is Back!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Sorry Obama! your defense of your looney tune minister is outrageous!


22 posted on 03/18/2008 9:43:52 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: sappy

Amen: I guess he thinks we are so deranged we’ll join his ship of fools.


23 posted on 03/18/2008 9:44:03 AM PDT by Lumper20
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To: Disgusted in Texas

I agree. As if he has never referred to white people as crackers as he did in his first book. But, IMHO, his wife is the one to watch out for. That is a dangerous, angry woman! The other thing I noticed is that he decries how blacks have suffered because of slavery, yet, he and his wife SOMEHOW made it to the best schools, law firms and Board rooms in this horrible, racist country.


24 posted on 03/18/2008 9:45:02 AM PDT by sappy
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To: Lumper20

spoiled rotten angry brats...that’s what that congregation represents.


25 posted on 03/18/2008 9:45:10 AM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: FunkyZero

It was a lecture by Rodney King, nothing more.


26 posted on 03/18/2008 9:45:31 AM PDT by roses of sharon (Who will be McCain's maverick?)
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To: Waverunner

White people can’t talk about this because they will be ruined.


27 posted on 03/18/2008 9:45:38 AM PDT by donna (The United States Constitution and the Koran are mutually exclusive.)
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To: NormsRevenge
But the anger is real; it is powerful; and to simply wish it away, to condemn it without understanding its roots, only serves to widen the chasm

Screw understanding it roots ... this the same "their anger is understandable" pile of crap rationale the PC nazis were selling when they tried to justify the 911 attackers.

Wright is a bigoted, close-minded, hate filled man ... and Obama sat under his teaching for more than a decade without speaking out.

28 posted on 03/18/2008 9:47:15 AM PDT by tx_eggman (Privatizing profits and socializing losses is no way to run an economy.)
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To: OpusatFR

The “Rev” Wright told his congregation to sing “G*D Damn America” instead of “God Bless America” and Obama is still holding that garbage close to him, having Wright baptise his children and marrying him. Obama is toast.


29 posted on 03/18/2008 9:48:20 AM PDT by Greg F (Do you want a guy named Hussein to fix your soul? Michelle Obama thinks you do.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Its official — Obama’s defense is not good enough. As long as he remains in this church which preaches black theology he’s as guilty and racist as his Pastor.


30 posted on 03/18/2008 9:48:24 AM PDT by conservativegramma
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To: donna

White people can’t talk about this because they will be ruined.

White liberals maybe...I feel fine talking about a socialist I don’t want in the white house. Never mind his flamethrower minister. He’s just playing his “sympathy cards”.


31 posted on 03/18/2008 9:49:34 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: roses of sharon

Recommend Psychotherapy.


32 posted on 03/18/2008 9:49:38 AM PDT by Son House (Democrat High Tax Rates Suppress Opportunity and Jobs..)
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To: sheana

Barack is benefitting from slavery. If it weren’t for slavery, the black population of the U.S. would be about as big as the Eskimo population, and he’d have lost to Hillary a long time ago.


33 posted on 03/18/2008 9:49:55 AM PDT by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (updated!).)
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To: NormsRevenge

The reality Obama has to manage, a reality no one is really addressing, is that he cannot distance himself too much from Rev. Wright, because what the opinions his pastor expressed is fair representation of what much of the black community believes in this country.

He has chosen to employ classic Clintonian triangulation politics. Whites on one side, blacks on the other...with Obama standing in between as the compromise solution for both sides.


34 posted on 03/18/2008 9:49:59 AM PDT by kimoajax (Rack'em & Stack'em)
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ap article title change

Obama says pastor wrong and divisive


35 posted on 03/18/2008 9:50:56 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: sappy

That is a dangerous, angry woman!

I told hubby the other day that she reminds me of Leona Helmsley. She has a mean, nasty look on her face all the time.


36 posted on 03/18/2008 9:51:10 AM PDT by sheana
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To: Disgusted in Texas
"I do not want a president who feels compelled to defend”his people” for the next four to eight years..."

This is why most whites don't want a president like Obama (Black, full of hate, and looking for someone to blame). They are sick and dang tired of hearing about it. I am posting a link that another Freeper shared this morning. This should be Obama's message. I'm afraid if he embraced it, he would crush everyone in the general election, but this isn't who he really is:

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/2272

37 posted on 03/18/2008 9:52:03 AM PDT by FunkyZero
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To: sappy

throw your Grandmother under the bus

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Which Grandmother? Considering high black on black crime rates, it could be either.


38 posted on 03/18/2008 9:52:34 AM PDT by Son House (Democrat High Tax Rates Suppress Opportunity and Jobs..)
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To: Waverunner
"pretty seductive argument"

What you seem to misunderstand is anyone can write a feel good speech with several days of planning. It is the 20 years, yes 20 years of association with a friend and mentor that says God Da*n America and hates whites, have him on his campaign as his spiritual adviser, writing a book about him and his beliefs, that contains the word CRACKER, that can not be undone. Only a fool would think a speech could do that.
39 posted on 03/18/2008 9:53:03 AM PDT by jrooney (Obama's mentor says God Da*n America. That explains Obama's refusal to put his hand over his heart.)
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To: Para-Ord.45

The dominant media will of course hail Hussein`s speech

as one of the best ever and joe sixpack will eat it up.
________________________________________________________

“Joe Six Pack” has a computer and e-mail — “Joe Six Pack” will see sermon after sermon by that guy on “You Tube.” “Joe Six Pack” has more information at his fingertips than a Harvard Professor in the college library had at his twenty years ago.


40 posted on 03/18/2008 9:53:11 AM PDT by Greg F (Do you want a guy named Hussein to fix your soul? Michelle Obama thinks you do.)
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To: Waverunner
bringing the 800lb gorilla out of the closet

Actually, he didn't. He swept the real gorilla under the rug. It's the America-hating gorilla. This was the real problem with the rev Wright stuff. You can hate America (if you're stupid enough), but you can't be its president if you do.

41 posted on 03/18/2008 9:53:22 AM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great...(until it happens to YOU).)
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To: sheana

She intends to get even with White America if she gets into the White House. Believe it.


42 posted on 03/18/2008 9:53:35 AM PDT by sappy
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To: kimoajax

Hussein is slicker than slick Willy.


43 posted on 03/18/2008 9:54:03 AM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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To: Son House

The white one, of course.


44 posted on 03/18/2008 9:54:13 AM PDT by sappy
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To: NormsRevenge
But we do need to remind ourselves that so many of the disparities that exist in the African-American community today can be directly traced to inequalities passed on from an earlier generation that suffered under the brutal legacy of slavery and Jim Crow. liberal social policies championed by the Democrat party since the mid 1960's"

There, fixed it ...

45 posted on 03/18/2008 9:55:03 AM PDT by tx_eggman (Privatizing profits and socializing losses is no way to run an economy.)
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article update.. the spin is being refined..

Obama says pastor wrong and divisive

PHILADELPHIA - Barack Obama unsparingly criticized his longtime pastor’s words while strongly defending the man himself Tuesday in a politically risky speech that appealed to the country to overcome racism and the black anger and white resentment it spawns.

Forming a more perfect union “requires all Americans to realize that your dreams do not have to come at the expense of my dreams,” said the Illinois senator running to be the first black president.

“This union may never be perfect, but generation after generation has shown that it can always be perfected,” he said.

In his most pointed speech of the campaign, Obama confronted the nation’s legacy of racial division head on, tackling black grievance, white resentment and the uproar over his former pastor’s incendiary statements. Drawing on his half-black, half-white roots as no other presidential hopeful could, Obama urged Americans to break “a racial stalemate we’ve been stuck in for years.’”

“The anger is real; it is powerful; and to simply wish it away, to condemn it without understanding its roots, only serves to widen the chasm of misunderstanding that exists between the races,” he said in a speech at the National Constitution Center, not far from where the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

The speech was the most racially tinged during his campaign to become the first black president, covering divisions from slavery to the O.J. Simpson trial to the recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina, along with his own background. Obama rarely talks so openly about his race in such a prominent way, but he recognized it has been a major issue in the campaign that has taken a “particularly divisive turn” in the last few weeks as video of his longtime pastor spread on the Internet and on television.

Obama’s advisers say the candidate decided on Saturday to make the speech and spent much of Sunday and Monday writing it, finishing shortly before he took the stage. They said Philadelphia was chosen not because it has the highest concentration of blacks in Pennsylvania, the next state to vote on April 22, but because of its historical significance.

Obama said sermons delivered by his longtime pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, “rightly offend white and black alike.” Those sermons from years ago suggested the United States brought the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on itself and say blacks continue to be mistreated by whites.

While Obama rejected what Wright said, he also embraced the man who inspired his Christian faith, officiated at his wedding, baptized his two daughters and has been his spiritual guide for nearly 20 years.

“I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community,” Obama said, speaking in front of eight American flags. “I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother — a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.”

Obama said he knew Wright to occasionally be a fierce critic of U.S. policy and that the pastor sometimes made controversially remarks in church that he disagreed with, but he said he never heard Wright talk about any ethnic group in derogatory terms. The comments that have become a source of debate recently “were not only wrong but divisive” and have raised questions among voters, he said.

“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 sets and YouTube, 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,” he said. “But the truth is, that isn’t all that I know of the man.”

Wright said shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks: “We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”

In a 2003 sermon, he said blacks should condemn the United States.

Obama said he came to Wright’s church because he was inspired by Wright’s message of hope and his inspiration to rebuild the black community.

Obama said Wright’s comments have sparked a discussion that reflect complexities of race in the United States that its people have never really resolved.

“We do not need to recite here the history of racial injustice in this country,” Obama said. “But we do need to remind ourselves that so many of the disparities that exist in the African-American community today can be directly traced to inequalities passed on from an earlier generation that suffered under the brutal legacy of slavery and Jim Crow.”

Obama said anger over those injustices often find voice in black churches on Sunday mornings. “The fact that so many people are surprised to hear that anger in some of Reverend Wright’s sermons simply reminds us of the old truism that the most segregated hour in American life occurs on Sunday morning,” he said.

Obama argued that the anger often distracts from solving real problems and bringing change. But he said it also exists in some segments of the white community that feels blacks are often given an unfair advantage through affirmative action.

“If we walk away now, if we simply retreat into our respective corners, we will never be able to come together and solve challenges like health care, or education, or the need to find good jobs for every American,” Obama said, drawing a rare burst of applause in a somber address.

An Associated Press-Yahoo News poll conducted in January found 15 percent of whites said they have at least a somewhat unfavorable impression of blacks, while 26 percent expressed a favorable impression. Among blacks, 7 percent had an unfavorable impression of whites, while 49 percent have a favorable impression.

“In the white community, the path to a more perfect union means acknowledging that what ails the African-American community does not just exist in the minds of black people; that the legacy of discrimination — and current incidents of discrimination, while less overt than in the past — are real and must be addressed,” Obama said.


46 posted on 03/18/2008 9:55:09 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: sappy

Yep! Michelle Obama got into an Ivy League school via affirmative action. She was given a job with a six figure income. She married a guy who was elected to the U.S. Senate and is a prominent candidate for President of the United States. But she’s still mad at hell at “racist” America.

It makes you wonder why anyone still believes that we’ll eventually “transcend race”. We could vote for slavery reparations of a million dollars per person tomorrow and the next day there would still be anger and another list of demands.


47 posted on 03/18/2008 9:55:26 AM PDT by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (updated!).)
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To: NormsRevenge
"If we walk away now, if we simply retreat into our respective corners, we will never be able to come together and solve challenges like health care, or education, or the need to find good jobs for every American," Obama said

He will find good jobs for us. It's a keeper.
48 posted on 03/18/2008 9:55:59 AM PDT by alecqss
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To: sheana

How long can Blacks blame their present troubles on inequities passed on from their anscestors? Blame it on fathers who are physically absent during their children’s growing up years.Blame it on mothers ,who have to work to keep their families together and no male role models in the home. Blame it on young Blacks with their pants dragging the ground. (I am sick of having to walk past these kids with their rear ends sticking out of their pants.No fashion there,just plain bad taste.) I am sick of rap ,vulgar lyrics and the attitude that it instills in Black men. No respect for their mothers ,sisters ,any female.Slavery existed. It is gone. Get over it.Find a job and take care of your family. Quit blaming America and the war for everything that goes wrong in your life. You’ll find good decent Black men fighting for the very country that Obama’s minister is damning.I grew up in the south and it has improved for Blacks considerably since I was a child. They still have a long way to go .They are the only people holding them back . The USA owes none of us anything ,welfare ,public housing etc.Grow up.As for Obama,no thank you.In the years to come ,there may be a Black president. But it isn’t him.


49 posted on 03/18/2008 9:56:14 AM PDT by Disgusted in Texas
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To: Disgusted in Texas

speech should have been entitled “Throw Grandma from the Train!”

point, God help Grandma Obama.


50 posted on 03/18/2008 9:57:23 AM PDT by Son House (Democrat High Tax Rates Suppress Opportunity and Jobs..)
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