I realize my recent posts have been dominated by Barack Obama, and I’m going to make a concerted effort (after this post) to talk about other things as well. But I’ve just got to share one more piece of compelling commentary with you.
I’m a fan of both Glenn Loury and John McWhorter, and their conversation over at Bloggingheads.tv is one of the most insightful dialogues I’ve been able to find on the Barack Obama/Jeremiah Wright debacle. I especially appreciate McWhorter’s articulation of the sadness (the blues) I’ve been feeling since taking in the responses of many white Americans to Obama’s speech. I’m on record as thinking his speech was brilliant, but as I’ve observed the post-speech opinion across the blogosphere and Web, I’ve been discouraged by the number of people who are simply not willing to accept Obama’s message as an honest appeal to confront America’s race issues in a more intelligent and nuanced manner. As the Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart said about the speech, “A prominent politician spoke to Americans about race, as though they were adults.”
So if you have the time, I’d encourage you to check out the Loury/McWhorter exchange. The complete video is just under an hour, or you can watch it in smaller chunks. It’s definitely worth your time.
In addition, the Chicago Tribune‘s Clarence Page offers a good assessment of the matter in his latest column. He writes:
Considering how many people were likely to take the time to hear or read Obama’s speech with an open mind, I was reminded of the famous story about another Illinoisan, two-time Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson. When a woman exclaimed to the former Illinois governor that “Every thinking American is voting for you,” he responded, “That’s not enough, madam, I need a majority.”