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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Roger Simon at Politico writes a nice piece, which taught me a little history. It also shows that John Lewis shouldn't be ignored.


4 comments:

steves 6:45 AM  

I still think John Lewis could have delivered his message in a better way, but at least he didn't play the Nazi card like he did back in the 90's.

Simon makes a good point and gives me something to think about. I remember bussing, especially the turmoil in Boston. I wasn't that old, but it dominated the evening news.

Wallace was tapping into the deep seated fear and anger that some people had in reagrds to bussing and other racial issues. Will attacks on Wright generate the same response? In some places, probably, but not in most places. The question then becomes where do we draw the line?

Frankly, I think we have come along way even in my lifetime. Survey data seems to show that race isn't that big of an issue in this election and that Obama enjoys broad support among all groups.

Bob 7:27 AM  

"Survey data seems to show that race isn't that big of an issue in this election and that Obama enjoys broad support among all groups."

This somewhat gives me back some of the faith I have lost in our people.

steves 8:38 AM  

This somewhat gives me back some of the faith I have lost in our people.

It should. 20 years ago, Obama would have been some fringe candidate, representing black voters. The fact that he can speak for such a wide range of people shows that we have come a long way.

Smitty 8:39 AM  

This quote has been tossed around on Teh Internets a lot, but it reflects a lot of what we have been saying:

George Wallace never threw a bomb. He never fired a gun, but he created the climate and the conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans who were simply trying to exercise their constitutional rights. Because of this atmosphere of hate, four little girls were killed on Sunday morning when a church was bombed in Birmingham, Ala. As public figures with the power to influence and persuade, Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are playing with fire, and if they are not careful, that fire will consume us all.

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