I take it you are voting for Obama? What do you feel was the purpose of the statements made by him?
I'm sorry if it offends you, have you seen the house being built for Obama's pastor? Comments made by Obama did nothing to satify me that he does not hold the same belief system. In fact,statements he made in defense of the church were "understanding" what "Blacks in America" feel, yet others do not hold this right?
That article would offend me regardless of how I'm voting. The purpose of his statements, to my ears anyhow, was to reflect that the world is not black and white, as Ms. Grabar presents it. That sometimes people we like say things we don't agree with, that to him, friendship and loyalty have precendence over political gain. As I said before, I don't care who anyone votes for, but to assert that white immigrants "have it worse" than "lucky Black Americans" is ludicrous. If you want to disown Obama for the thoughts of his preacher, I can't tell you not to, but I can alert you to some quotes from people John McCain has called his spiritual leaders:
– Reverend John Hagee has called the Catholic Church the "Great *****." He has said that the Anti-Christ will rise out of the European Union (of course, the Anti-Christ will also be Jewish). He has said all Muslims are trained to kill and will be part of the devil’s army when Armageddon comes (which he hopes is soon). John McCain continues to say he is proud of Reverend Hagee’s endorsement.
– Reverend Rod Parsley believes America was founded to destroy Islam. Since this is such an outlandish claim, I have to add for the record, that he is not kidding. Reverend Parsley says Islam is an "anti-Christ religion" brought down from a "demon spirit." Of course, we are in a war against all Muslims, including presumably Muslim-Americans. Buts since Parsley believes this is a Christian nation and that it should be run as a theocracy, he is not very concerned what Muslim-Americans think. John McCain says Reverend Rod Parsley is his "spiritual guide."
– Jerry Falwell said America had 9/11 coming because we tolerated gays, feminists and liberals. It was our fault. Our chickens had come home to roost, if you will. John McCain proudly received his support and even spoke at his university’s commencement.
I'm not telling anyone to not vote for John McCain, either. These people aren't on McCain's payroll, they don't speak for McCain, neither did Obama's preacher so I don't hold any of these qoutes (including the outlandish one's by Obama's preacher) against the candidates. My point is, before you start thinking about how lucky Black men are, especially in politics, ask yourself why Obama's preacher was all over the news and none of these qoutes have seen the light of day.