Sunday, March 23, 2008

Obams's Speech: Inclusion is Power

The NY Times features the full transcript to Senator Obama's recent speech on race. It's a must-read. A snippet says:
"I have brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, uncles and cousins, of every race and every hue, scattered across three continents, and for as long as I live, I will never forget that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible.

It’s a story that hasn’t made me the most conventional candidate. But it is a story that has seared into my genetic makeup the idea that this nation is more than the sum of its parts – that out of many, we are truly one.

Throughout the first year of this campaign, against all predictions to the contrary, we saw how hungry the American people were for this message of unity. Despite the temptation to view my candidacy through a purely racial lens, we won commanding victories in states with some of the whitest populations in the country. In South Carolina, where the Confederate Flag still flies, we built a powerful coalition of African Americans and white Americans."
Read the full text here.
graph per wikipedia


Anonymous said...

Diversity of identity is not always possible in other settings. I liked that bit about that in his speech.

Anonymous said...

I didn't get to watch it but I read it. I think it's time to include an honest discussion of race and gender in the current race.