Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Obama Talks Race

Yesterday, Sen. Barack Obama gave a much talked about speech on race in America. So far, I haven't had a chance to hear the entire speech, just fairly extensive sound bytes (of the NPR variety, not the TV news variety). From what I've heard, Sen. Obama rejected some of the comments from his Pastor, but did not reject the man himself. Sen. Obama also talked about some of the concerns that are raised in the African American community and recognized some of the concerns still held in the white community.

So here are the questions:
  1. Will Sen. Obama's open discussion of African American concerns combined with criticism of the more extreme statements of Rev. Wrigbht satisfy the white community or will the public airing of those concerns push whites away from Obama's candidacy?
  2. Will Sen. Obama's discussion of white concerns help draw new white supporters to his candidacy or will discussion of those concerns seem like pandering and push more whites away?

What do you think?

Incidentally, I found the entire text of Sen. Obama's speech at The Huffington Post.

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