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Obama Silences His Critics

Everytime it appears that Barack Obama is teetering, he goes up the podium and gives a speech and the critics are silenced. His potency lies in the fact that he acknowledges his critics. His skill rests in being able to … Read More

By / March 18, 2008

Everytime it appears that Barack Obama is teetering, he goes up the podium and gives a speech and the critics are silenced. His potency lies in the fact that he acknowledges his critics. His skill rests in being able to demonstrate the similarity between two seemingly contradictory things — in this case a racist old black man named Wright and a racist old white woman named Ferraro. I found the speech to represent the second half of Martin Luther King Jr.'s project — the healing part. It is no longer about white versus black, but about white and black suffering from economic disenfranchisement. He is a realist. He believes that the good in humans is always in play, even in the political game. He knows how to exploit that, just as the rest of our politicians know how to exploit the vile.

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