Ecco il discorso di Barack Obama sulla razza. E' - come spesso accade - molto ben scritto. Anzi magnificamente scritto. E anche molto complesso. Spero solo che non sia troppo complesso per i tempi forsennati della campagna perché è coraggioso nell'andare al centro del problema, il razzismo, non girandoci attorno. Andrew Sullivan è entusiasta. E nota una cosa importante: è un discorso profondamente cristiano.
[...] The fact that so many people are surprised to hear that anger in some of Reverend Wright’s sermons simply reminds us of the old truism that the most segregated hour in American life occurs on Sunday morning. That anger is not always productive; indeed, all too often it distracts attention from solving real problems; it keeps us from squarely facing our own complicity in our condition, and prevents the African-American community from forging the alliances it needs to bring about real change. But the anger is real; it is powerful; and to simply wish it away, to condemn it without understanding its roots, only serves to widen the chasm of misunderstanding that exists between the races. [...]
The profound mistake of Reverend Wright’s sermons is not that he spoke about racism in our society. It’s that he spoke as if our society was static; as if no progress has been made; as if this country – a country that has made it possible for one of his own members to run for the highest office in the land and build a coalition of white and black; Latino and Asian, rich and poor, young and old -- is still irrevocably bound to a tragic past. But what we know -- what we have seen – is that America can change. That is true genius of this nation. What we have already achieved gives us hope – the audacity to hope – for what we can and must achieve tomorrow. [...]
Marc Ambinder, Andrew Sullivan