22 March 2008

Obama's Stance on Race in America

Obama called for Trent Lott's resignation in 2002.

Obama was interviewed by Don Imus in 2004.

Obama was initially silent on Imus in 2007: Obama's silence on Imus alarms some blacks

Melissa Harris Lacewell, a professor of politics and African-American studies at Princeton University, said Obama missed an opportunity to prove himself to blacks and white liberals who would have wanted Obama take the lead in denouncing Imus.

"This was so easy, and his unwillingness to touch it tells me this is going to be his third rail, and race never goes away in politics," Harris Lacewell said. "Black people want to love Barack. They're doing everything they can to love Barack. We want to believe that Barack is better than this. But they will turn on him."
Obama finds his voice, throws Imus under the bus

Ten must-see Jeremiah Wright videos
Here's a selection of the top ten must-see videos on the Reverend Wright controversy currently circulating on the web. From the soundbites that triggered the current dispute to Wright's more glorious moments, with some surprising reactions too (ever expect to hear Mike Huckabee defending Obama's pastor? Watch on).
Obama's Philadelphia Speech at Constitution Center

NHaleMedia (Lee Habeeb?) video:

The Clintonites attack at No Quarter.

Obama's church pushes controversial doctrines (March 20, 2008)
Jesus is black. Merging Marxism with Christian Gospel may show the way to a better tomorrow. The white church in America is the Antichrist because it supported slavery and segregation.

Those are some of the more provocative doctrines that animate the theology at the core of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Barack Obama's church.
Black Intelligentsia: Holla If You Hear Obama (March 21, 2008)
In the only post written after the speech, I found this offering most helpful. Also from The Root, it's by WaPo religion reporter Hamil Harris: "But the lingering question out of this whole episode is whether Americans, black and white, can ever be liberated from a mindset in which it is always hard to believe that those who look differently from us can really be a brother or sister."
Obama’s Remarks on Wright (April 29, 2008)
You know, I have been a member of Trinity United Church of Christ since 1992. I have known Reverend Wright for almost 20 years. The person I saw yesterday was not the person that I met 20 years ago. His comments were not only divisive and destructive, but I believe that they end up giving comfort to those who prey on hate and I believe that they do not portray accurately the perspective of the black church.
Obama letter of resignation to Trinity United Church of Christ (May 30, 2008)
Obama on quitting Trinity United Church of Christ. (May 31, 2008)