But it’s not supposed to be about race

It’s hard to argue that the upcoming presidential election won’t be a discussion of black and white when these headlines appear:

Obama Sharply Assails Absent Black Fathers

…“Don’t get carried away with that eighth-grade graduation,” he said, bringing many members of the congregation to their feet, applauding. “You’re supposed to graduate from eighth grade.”

His themes have been also been sounded by the comedian Bill Cosby, who has stirred debate among black Americans by bluntly speaking about an epidemic of fatherless African-American families while suggesting that some blacks use racism as a crutch to explain lack of economic progress….

For the life of me I can’t understand why when Obama tells black men to be better parents it’s national news, but if I say black men need to be responsible for their children, I’m racist.

Senator Barack Obama’s entire presidential campaign appears to be written in double standards. There are the black rules he’ll play by in front of blacks – rap references along with a markedly changed diction – and white rules he’ll play by in front of whites – talking about his Harvard education, for example. The two are obviously never meant to cross in his mind. I think his pretentious invisible wall will continue to cause his campaign trouble.

Think about the times Obama’s campaign has drawn fire. The Pastors Jeremiah Wright and Michael Pfleger are a result of black teachings by the two not being well received by whites. Michelle Obama’s statement on pride in America was made based on her belief that skin color mattered in this election. Even Obama’s comment about being bitter is from his black world. “Bitter” comes from Wright and the concept is prevalent in Obama’s first book, Dreams from My Father.

Heads up. Whatever the subject, it will be about race if I say it, but about America if Obama declares it to be so. Are you ready?


  1. Kathryn says:

    If Obama said he liked jelly beans it would be national news.

    It was a good speech.

  2. Kathryn says:

    Nope. I think it odd that congregations invite politicians to give sermons, but they do, and he did. It was a Father’s Day sermon, not a stump speech, per se, and not exegesis.

  3. Kathryn, if Obama eats jelly beans in public it’s a stump speech.

  4. If you mean that every waking moment from now to Nov. has political impact, then yes, I agree.

    My point, Dan, was that the speech was not political to the extent of being inappropriate, nor was it preaching beyond his area of expertise. It was just a Father’s Day talk–a fairly conservative one, at that. And yes, I think asking a politician to preach is odd, but it isn’t my call, and it isn’t unusual.

  5. It may not be unusual in liberal black churches, but it would NEVER happen in my church which is LCMS. I didn’t hear his speech, but if he told black men to start acting like men and be fathers to their children, then I will give him a standing ovation for that.

  6. Yes, that was pretty much it; also talked about the importance of fathers in general being responsible men. You can google the text pretty easily.

  7. stupid liberals, man.

  8. Shawn, grow up and stop trying to provoke an argument with me on Cindy’s site. She’s made it clear not to do it. State YOUR feelings and leave your jabs at me out of it. I’ve invited you to meet me if you need to say something to me.

  9. “State YOUR feelings”

    You are acting like a complete baby. You jabbed “liberals” so i jabbed back.
    One thing leads to another.
    Tit for tat.

    Life isn’t fair, Mr. Biggelsworth