3. No, but she's President Obama's grandmother and probably my grandmother, too.
People go forgetting Obama's incredible, incredible 'More Perfect Union' speech. Here's one little facet of that historic speech, an excerpt:
I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother - a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.
These people are a part of me. And they are a part of America, this country that I love.
Some will see this as an attempt to justify or excuse comments that are simply inexcusable. I can assure you it is not. I suppose the politically safe thing would be to move on from this episode and just hope that it fades into the woodwork. We can dismiss Reverend Wright as a crank or a demagogue, just as some have dismissed Geraldine Ferraro, in the aftermath of her recent statements, as harboring some deep-seated racial bias.
But race is an issue that I believe this nation cannot afford to ignore right now. We would be making the same mistake that Reverend Wright made in his offending sermons about America - to simplify and stereotype and amplify the negative to the point that it distorts reality.
That whole speech is real and raw and...politically? Rare. Rarely does a politician running for office summon the honesty to give a speech such as our President did. I, too, hope for Deen to have an enlightening experience. But I'd also hope that Progressive/Liberal white America could learn to come to grips with the issue of race and deal with it in some more meaningful, less binary, manner.
Because until that time comes, we'll be clapping and crying at the bold truthfulness of Barack Obama's 'More Perfect Union' speech, yet failing miserably when confronted with actual situations when we need to apply the wisdom from it.
I watched that speech live and it blows me away today just as much as it did then.
I've long-since given up believing in the man...but I will never stop believing in those words or the ideas they represent.