In a few minutes Obama is to make a major address on race in Philadelphia a direct response to the ridiculous and distasteful comments made by his pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
This story as I stated in an earlier blog has the potential of confining and labelling Obama as simply being ‘the black candidate’. Obama, since the story broke has tried to quell the uneasy feelings that have arisen among many Americans in regards to his potential presidency. And rightly so.
Obama in his speech today must try to allay those fears, quash any sentiment that he would simply be a president for black people without pandering to whites or becoming an apologist for blacks!
That’s going to be tough, because many African Americans, unfortunately, believe in the words of Rev.Wright and Obama knows that so how does he distance himself from Wright without distancing himself from the entire community?
Obama, I believe would’ve had to make this speech at some time during his campaign but the events of the last week have only catapulted it earlier into the current ugly racial mosh pit.
If Obama turns the tide with this speech it will be talked about for generations.
If he fails we might have to wait another eight years for his presidency.
**of course i’ll bring you my thoughts about it afterwards**