I expect the parsing of Barack Obama’s speech yesterday on race will continue for at least few days with everyone analyzing every little statement and nuance from his speech. Here’s a little food for thought on the subject of Obama being “troubled” by Wright’s words: “If Obama Was So Troubled by Wright’s Words… Why Keep Bringing His Daughters?”
The question was posed by Jim Geraghty over on The Campaign Spot at NRO. Granted the NRO is very conservative, but I think the question is valid and one that many parents would be considering in the wake of this. I know I wouldn’t have exposed my daughter to it. I can’t imagine why Barack and Michelle Obama exposed their daughters to it. Children are not able to separate the inflammatory from the good at such a young age and somewhere in their young psyche’s when exposed to this type of “divisive” and “racially charged” wording, it does sink in.
Food for thought…
In Philadelphia, Obama attempted to explain Wright’s anger as typical of the civil rights generation, with its “memories of humiliation and doubt and fear.” But Wright has the opposite problem: He ignored the message of Martin Luther King Jr. and introduced a new generation to the politics of hatred.
King drew a different lesson from the oppression he experienced: “I’ve seen too much hate to want to hate myself; hate is too great a burden to bear. I’ve seen it on the faces of too many sheriffs of the South. . . . Hate distorts the personality. . . . The man who hates can’t think straight; the man who hates can’t reason right; the man who hates can’t see right; the man who hates can’t walk right.”
Barack Obama is not a man who hates — but he chose to walk with a man who does.
As parents we seek to separate our children from influences that may not be in their best interest. As adults should know to separate ourselves from those influences as well. I am among those who find it hard to fathom why Barack Obama did not separate himself from Wright sooner.