Calling Out Obama, Again
Gregory Rodriguez from the LA Times is the lastest. I'm going to have to look at some of his past columns, if they are all as full of sarcasm as this one, I'll start reading him regularly.
Rodriquez calls on Obama to live up to his own speech from last month in Pennsylvania. In it, he said we had to re-examine the old wounds of racism and start a dialogue to start healing. His minister started talking about those wounds, and Obama dumped him faster than you can say "dropping in the polls".
I'm actually not sure why Rodriquez, or others, are surprised by Obama's actions. It's the typical one of both politicians, and various leaders of different races and religions. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have been calling for the same type of dialogue for decades, and immediately shutting up anyone who's "dialogue" isn't exactly what they want to hear.
What Rodriquez gets right in his column is the fact that you can have as many group discussions with various leaders as you want, those don't deal with the everyday, everyman reactions that keep racial tensions festering. And, he realistically points out, we probably never will get rid of all of those reactions.
Just like "Crazy Uncle Jeremiah" won't go away, and probably won't continue to thinks AIDS was invented by the government for genocidal purposes, Jesse Jackson probably won't quit being relieved when the footsteps behind him are a white man. To his credit, at least at times Jackson has listened to why so many black youth end up in a life of crime. Wright, on the other hand, hasn't addressed the reason AIDS is so prevelant in the black community, he's looked for a scapegoat instead.
No, it doesn't matter how many touching speeches Mr. Obama gives, Grandma is probably still going to be warry of the black guy at the bus stop. Hopefully she never says it again, lest she be disowned, too.