Obama’s Race Speech: A Response from a Rwandan

29 03 2008

There are things that move me and then there are things that move me to action. This YouTube clip of this young man who grew up n Rwanda and left when he was a young boy because of the genocide and his experience in America with racism will make you want to move, move to change this nation. Move to change those around you. Move to make this world a better place. Move to heal the chasm that swallows us up when we try to join hands to narrow it and move to unite this nation.

Is it possible? Can America with its dirty seedy past be healed? Can America, a country that started by eradicating a nation of people who were friendly and on the backs of a people stolen from their homeland and brought to another in chains, be healed?

I am not an idealist, I have never been, I have seen hate in the eyes of black, brown, yellow and white but I have also seen hope and understanding in those same eyes. Despite my cynical heart, somehow I believe it is possible for us to be just America without all the hyphens. I believe the hyphens divide us, I believe those hyphens are strategically placed to make us feel as if we will never truly be an American. It is those hyphens that divide us not our race, our skin or our cultures.

When I lived in Europe, no one had hyphens in their ethnic title. They weren’t Afro-Italian or German-Italian. They were Italian. Although subcultures existed people were proud to be apart of the larger culture without giving up or not celebrating their own.

I have been saying this for years now and watching this video and experiencing this young man’s pain, tears and even joy; there is nothing more in this world that I wish to be right now, except JUST American.


Huckabee defends Obama’s Pastor

28 03 2008

Of course being the bleeding liberal that I am–not–I have been quite annoyed by the press coverage of the negative aspect of Sen. Obama’s pastor’s statements about the U.S. and particular ethnic groups. What the media does not talk about is those who have come out to defend Obama and his relationship with Rev. Wright.

The latest person to defend Rev. Wright is none other than Mike Huckabee. I was quite stun to hear Gov. Huckabee come to the defense of his rival, enemy, foe–Sen. Obama. It just goes to show you that even the right is saying enough is enough. There is something about Obama that causes people to trust him and believe him. Maybe its a thing called integrity, honesty and character.

Thanks Huckabee for going against the status quo and speaking out against media bias and bringing reality to the table in America. Let’s own up and face the music folks about our country’s past and let’s deal with it together so that the wounds will no longer fester but be healed so we can move forward together.

Here’s the transcript from Gov. Huckabee’s interview on MSNBC and the recording of it here so that you can watch it yourself.

What does Hilary Clinton’s Pastor have to say

27 03 2008

8:43am Today
26 Mar 2008 07:27 am

“The Reverend Jeremiah Wright is an outstanding church leader whom I have heard speak a number of times. He has served for decades as a profound voice for justice and inclusion in our society. He has been a vocal critic of the racism, sexism and homophobia which still tarnish the American dream. To evaluate his dynamic ministry on the basis of two or three sound bites does a grave injustice to Dr. Wright, the members of his congregation, and the African-American church which has been the spiritual refuge of a people that has suffered from discrimination, disadvantage, and violence. Dr. Wright, a member of an integrated denomination, has been an agent of racial reconciliation while proclaiming perceptions and truths uncomfortable for some white people to hear. Those of us who are white Americans would do well to listen carefully to Dr. Wright rather than to use a few of his quotes to polarize. This is a critical time in America’s history as we seek to repent of our racism. No matter which candidates prevail, let us use this time to listen again to one another and not to distort one another’s truth,”

– Dean J. Snyder, Foundry United Methodist Church, March 19, 2008. Snyder is Hillary Clinton’s pastor

Mike Huckabee

24 01 2008

Who is he? Really. I was watching Mr. Huckabee on CNN the night after the Nevada caucus and he made a few comments about Barack Obama that I thought were quite ironic. He said, “If Obama is elected into office, there will be change alright, but not the kind of change that I want.”

What do you mean by this Mr. Huckabee? Then he went on to say that, “change is all I will have in my pockets if Obama is elected president.” For real? I mean that is all that is left in my pockets right now and some people don’t even have two pennies to rub together because the current administration has robbed the American people blind.

My other observation is this–why is EVERYONE– attacking Obama? There are other candidates running for office. I feel as if there’s an elephant stumping around in the room and no one wishes to address it. So I will address it for you. Obama is black–yep he sure is, so what are you going to do about it? I prefer that you just say what you are really thinking–don’t worry about being politically correct. It is more offensive to me when these candidates send out the secret, hush hush, messages that there is a Negro running for office and that it is possible for him to be THE president of the USA.

What is quite sad about the above observation is Barack has never pointed out his ethnicity but it seems that everyone is so fascinated by it. Let’s be honest here; the American people like him. Not just blacks but people of all nationalities. Go figure that one out.

What it is Mr. Huckabee and Mrs. Clinton, is that everyone is tired of the same old politics. The same old partisan crap that has been peddled to us for the past 20 odd years. When will you get it into your heads? Obama isn’t going anywhere so get used to him being around.

Cheers to Obama.