March 29, 2008

Jon Stewart on Obama on race...

It's old news now, but as I'm sure you know, Obama made an incredible speech about race recently in response to the widely-publicized sermons of his pastor, Rev. Wright. If you missed watching the speech live (as of course I did), I highly recommend reading the text, which is available many places--here's one. Alternately, or additionally, I've embedded a video of the actual speech in the extended entry below.

To be completely honest, in my opinion, this speech on race is second only to King's, "I Have A Dream" speech. What makes Obama's speech so groundbreaking is that he is the first prominent African-American leader to openly acknowledge that white people feel resentful too, for having to bus their children to underperforming schools or losing jobs or scholarships in the name of Affirmative Action. Regardless of my feelings on those issues, they are very important issues to a lot of white people and it was frankly refreshing to see a black leader address and acknowledge those feelings.

Which brings me to the point of this entry--Jon Stewart of the Daily Show on Comedy Central. Our dear friend Anita posted this clip on her blog and I had to steal it from her. Stewart is a comedian (a brilliant one, in fact) but through his humor, his analysis of Obama's speech is dead-on. Here's his clip:

This is the video of Obama's actual speech.

Posted by Shelby at March 29, 2008 12:25 PM
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