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Where is John McCain’s Big Speech on Race & Togetherness?

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One day, that is all we have left, just one day now. 

It’s still too long to wait. In my lifetime this is probably the nastiest political race I can think of although this time the nastiness is driven by the electorate and not the candidates.

You have stories of racial effigies here and vandalism there.  You have hate speech and really scary stuff going beginning to unfold.  You have people who still don’t get the noose thing.   This race is inspiring hope but also bringing out the worst in too many people.

So now I’m waiting.  I’m waiting for the man who claims he can reach across aisles and party lines to step up and show he can bring everyone in America together.

I’m not waiting for Barack Obama; I’m waiting for John McCain.

Why McCain?  Because how many times does Obama have to address and denounce everything that is done allegedly in his name?  Too many times.   And how many times has McCain stepped to the plate?

Well once, kinda sorta.  During the debate when he said:

When Sen. Obama was first asked, he said, “Any place, any time,” the way Barry Goldwater and Jack Kennedy agreed to do, before the intervention of the tragedy at Dallas. So I think the tone of this campaign could have been very different.

And the fact is, it’s gotten pretty tough. And I regret some of the negative aspects of both campaigns. But the fact is that it has taken many turns which I think are unacceptable.

One of them happened just the other day, when a man I admire and respect — I’ve written about him — Congressman John Lewis, an American hero, made allegations that Sarah Palin and I were somehow associated with the worst chapter in American history, segregation, deaths of children in church bombings, George Wallace. That, to me, was so hurtful.

And, Sen. Obama, you didn’t repudiate those remarks. Every time there’s been an out-of-bounds remark made by a Republican, no matter where they are, I have repudiated them. I hope that Sen. Obama will repudiate those remarks that were made by Congressman John Lewis, very unfair and totally inappropriate.

It’s interesting to me that whenever anyone, anywhere says something (from the support of Farrakhan to John Lewis to Ludacris) that Obama is demanded to renounce the comments.  Maybe I missed it although I don’t see how since I looked hard for it, but I didn’t see an official statements where McCain chastized his crew or followers for making statements that some might find offensive. 

He has done it one on one during one of his town hall meetings but that is about it.  In a way, McCain doesn’t really want the fears of some easily led whites to become too complacent during this election cycle because then they might not come out to vote.  It’s not that Obama is an X factor but that he is a big black X-factor.  He has been stomping for the job for the last two years but how well do you know him?

And it’s a shame that McCain wants to let it ride like this, especially since he has a few minorities in his corner who are voting for him (and no, it doesn’t make them sellout or illinformed –it’s just that their views are different). But except for that black radio host who wanted McCain to take it to Obama in the last debate the McCain hasn’t used many minority faces to make his case as someone whose a man of the people.  The racist rhetoric has been tone down, but a lot of white fear and anxiety is up.

Which makes many blacks wonder if a biracial black man wins the election will whites riot?

This is why I’d like to see McCain come out with a similar speech on race that Barack Obama gave in the spring.  Should McCain win he won’t just be the president of rich white Americans or white America in general but of all Americans.  And, like it or not, America is becoming a multi-hued, racially and ethnically diverse country.  We need to learn to get along, we need someone who can help see us through a time that will be economically straited and not encourage us to seperate along class and racial lines. 

Can McCain help us through it?  I don’t know.  He can’t even admit that his family own slaves.

That’s probably black McCains are voting for Obama.


Written by rentec

3 November, 2008 at 3:05 pm

Posted in blogging

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