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TeamJordan23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-26-08 10:54 AM
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If Obama wins today, should he give a 'transforming race' victory speech?
Edited on Sat Jan-26-08 10:58 AM by TeamJordan23
With the Clintons, especially Bill, trying to inject the race card into the primary and push Obama to be only a 'black candidate' (as the media says), I think Obama should give a 'transforming race' victory speech after he wins.

What exactly do I mean by a transforming race speech? Well nothing too different than what Obama's campaign has been running. Obama has never made a race an issue in the campaign and sadly - cannot make it a key issue and still get elected. Thus, I think Obama should give some type of speech where he says that race is still an issue but so is class disparity among all races.

From a May 2007 Interview with George Stephanopoulus, Obama said this about affirmative action:

STEPHANOPOULOS: ... and you're a constitutional law professor,
so let's go back in the classroom. I'm your student, I say,
"Professor, you and your wife went to Harvard Law School. You've got
plenty of money. You're running for president. Why should your
daughters, when they go to college, get affirmative action?"

OBAMA: Well, first of all, I think that my daughters should
probably be treated by any admissions officer as folks who are pretty
advantaged,
and I think that there's nothing wrong with us taking that
into account as we consider admissions policies at universities.

I think that we should take into account white kids who have been
disadvantaged and have grown up in poverty and shown themselves to
have what it takes to succeed.


So I don't think those concepts are mutually exclusive. I think
what we can say is that in our society, race and class still
intersect
, that there are a lot of African-American kids who are still
struggling, that even those who are in the middle class may be first
generation as opposed to fifth or sixth generation college attendees,
and that we all have an interest in bringing as many people together
to help build this country.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Sandra Day O'Connor wrote that in 25 years,
affirmative action may no longer be necessary. Is she right?

OBAMA: I would like to think that if we make good decisions and
we invest in early childhood education, improve K-12, if we have done
what needs to be done to ensure that kids who are qualified to go to
college can afford it, that affirmative action becomes a diminishing
tool for us to achieve racial equality in this society.

http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2007/05/obama_on_abcs_t...


I think a speech based on some of the themes expressed in that answer would go well with people across the country, and it would be a good counter to the Clinton strategy of making this primary about race. And he would be doing it with one of his strengths, his ability to give great speeches. The media and the Clintons will make it seem that he only because of his race in South Carolina, but I think a powerful speech like I am talking about would be a good counter to that. He should somehow also highlight he can do well in all-white states like NH and Iowa into it also.

Just my two cents.
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-26-08 10:56 AM
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1. I am sure he has a great speech ready to deliver.
Edited on Sat Jan-26-08 10:56 AM by tekisui
It should be one to remember.
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Adelante Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-26-08 10:57 AM
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2. I agree
Class-based affirmative action is something I favor at this point. And I think he needs to give a move on kind of speech that embraces all races and economic classes.
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KennedyGuy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-26-08 10:57 AM
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3. Kinda late to try the uniting thing
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PFunk Donating Member (687 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-26-08 11:10 AM
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4. I'm not a Obama supprter but he has to now.
The faster this divide and conquer tactic is put to rest the better it will be for the party in 08.
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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-26-08 11:10 AM
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5. he could explain why he keeps voting to support the occupation of Iraq nt
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