Monday, January 21, 2008


Something That Needed To Be Said

And yet, if we are honest with ourselves, we must admit that none of our hands are entirely clean. If we're honest with ourselves, we'll acknowledge that our own community has not always been true to King's vision of a beloved community.

We have scorned our gay brothers and sisters instead of embracing them. The scourge of anti-Semitism has, at times, revealed itself in our community. For too long, some of us have seen immigrants as competitors for jobs instead of companions in the fight for opportunity.

As others have noted (Pam among them), Obama finally said something that he needed to say a while ago. He finally addressed the problems faced by minority groups to a group that knows what persecution is like but has still fostered it at times. All election, he's been told to walk a tightrope between "too black" and "not black enough" (at least, if you believe the punditry), but he has gone ahead and told what everyone says is a volatile audience to look at themselves and consider what they see.

If he keeps this up, I'll probably forgive him for that whole Donnie McClurkin clusterfuck.

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