I highly recommend a very articulate and intelligent 'bloggingheads tv debate' with one Glenn Loury, former highly selected Reagan Education undersecratry, now moderate Clinton supporter in discussion with John McWhorter linguist, Manhattan Institute, New York Sun, and a moderate Obama supporter.
Obama made a brilliant speech in Philadelphia (video) which refused sound bites and which talks about the perplexity of race in United States. A soon as many whites saw that Obama had a background that is not post-racial but that he actually spent much of his adult life in the radical South side of Chicago, maybe the biggest uniformally black ghetto in the US, where the University of Chicago enclave is, many voters became scared. Trying to conjure up the image that Wright's afrocentric church is so much different in the pews and in the pulpit than their own suburban church, though ironically with many of the prophetic traditions and language of their evangelical church, whites nevertheless recoil, take cover and run from Obama who seems blacker now, than he was a week ago.
But it seems that white America wasn't so bothered that Obama had black skin, though some certainly are, but what scared white and non-black people is that they suddenly realized that the elegant, eloquent, slow to anger Obama, living by choice, in a ghetto environment for 20 years, where he was a community organizer, attended the leading prophetic Chicago South Side black church and consequently was exposed to some very inflammatory rhetoric by his pastor Jeremiah Wright.
Wright may have become Obama's Willie Horton. Many whites and non-blacks can't get beyond the idea that Obama didn't run out of the church when Jeremiah Wright began bashing the 'other America'.. But people like Obama understand that life is more than agreeing and disagreeing; that you don't break off with people that you love. Of course, this conception will be lost on many because for them, the old politics in America is more about tearing down, than bulding up and understanding or trying to do some sustained thinking about the complexity of an issue.
Listen to this excellent bloggingheads tv debate, but I warn you, it is almost an hour, and it's for people who are over 18 years old.
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