March 19, 2008

HERE'S AN INTERESTING QUESTION...:

Wright Bound: Obama’s speech (Thomas Sowell, 3/19/08, National Review)

Like the Soviet show trials during their 1930s purges, Obama’s speech was not supposed to convince critics but to reassure supporters and fellow-travelers, in order to keep the “useful idiots” useful.

Best-selling author Shelby Steele’s recent book on Barack Obama (A Bound Man) has valuable insights into both the man and the circumstances facing many other blacks — especially those who were never part of the black ghetto culture but who feel a need to identify with it for either personal, political or financial reasons.

Like religious converts who become more Catholic than the pope, such people often become blacker-than-thou. For whatever reason, Barack Obama chose a black extremist church decades ago — even though there was no shortage of very different churches, both black and white — in Chicago.

Some say that he was trying to earn credibility on the ghetto streets, to facilitate his work as a community activist or for his political career. We may never know why.

But now that Barack Obama is running for a presidential nomination, he is doing so on a radically different basis, as a post-racial candidate uniquely prepared to bring us all together.

Yet the past continues to follow him, despite his attempts to bury it and the mainstream media’s attempts to ignore it or apologize for it.


...if Senator Obama's thinking weren't so centered upon race, might he have chosen a church that would be acceptable to white voters when he one day ran for statewide or national office rather than a black nationalist church more suitable to being a leading politician of just one cohort in Cook County or the state of Illinois? There'd be some irony in his current ambitions being done in by his past racial positioning.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 19, 2008 7:12 AM
Comments

Well, I think Barack X finally got defined.

Posted by: Perry at March 19, 2008 8:51 AM

might he have chosen a church that would be acceptable to white voters when he one day ran for statewide or national office

But he needed to be elected to a state office first. He needed his "base".

Posted by: ic at March 19, 2008 3:57 PM
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