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Sunday, July 21, 2013
Thoughts While (and after) Watching President Obama’s Speech
Watching President Obama deliver his thoughtful remarks
regarding racial relations and the Trayvon Martin killing, I had several
1. I was
proud that the United States had finally progressed to the point that a
mixed-blood black man could hold its highest office; proud that the nation had
re-elected him despite the unremitting attacks on his character and policies
throughout his campaign for the presidency and his first term in office.
2. I was
thankful that I had not allowed the smears and slanders directed against Barack
Obama by those who profess to be my fellow believers in righteousness to deter
me from voting for him as I had done in 1960 during the equally fractious
election of John Kennedy.
3. I wondered
if a black man in President Obama’s position can forget his blackness as a white
man could, and almost always does, forget his whiteness, or if in every interaction with
the white members of his team, and the white leaders of Congress, he is subtly
conscious that, though President of the United States, he is nonetheless viewed
and treated differently than a white man in his position would be.
4. I wondered
if he has seen the vicious e-mail attacks on his character that come to my
mailbox on a regular basis, sent and perhaps originated by those who profess to
be followers of the One who said, “I am the way the truth and the life,” or if he has read the unbridled and uncensored,
racially laden, Internet attacks that question his legitimacy on every level. I
wondered if he listens to the Rush Limbaughs and Glenn Becks and the Fox “News”
hate mongers who daily rail against him.
5. I wondered
how he maintains his Christian faith when a large share of the Christian
community – nearly all of the Fundamentalist/Evangelical community – has devoted
itself to denigrating him as a person, as a believer, and as a politician.
6. I wondered
if it tears at his heart to know that, though he has two beautiful daughters
who, by virtue of what he has accomplished, will have advantages that few black
or white girls will ever have, they will nonetheless still have to navigate the
world as “black women” rather than simply women.
7. I wondered
what percentage of Americans would find in his remarks even more reason to hate
him; more justification for their vitriolic attacks on him.
8. I wondered
if those of my Christian friends whom I’ve heard say that they “wished he were
dead” – that they “want to swear” every
time they think of him – are among those who are already decrying his remarks.
9. But I also
wondered if he knows how many thousands of people, of all racial groups, and
all religious persuasions, heard his remarks, thanked God for them, and
committed themselves to pray for him and the success of his work to make of our
country “a more perfect union.”