Since President Obama won the election, all you heard about was that we were entering a post-racial society. That the election was the fulfillment of Martin Luther King’s dream.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
And the moment was inspiring, Obama stood at the — at the threshold of history. As he himself said, fifty years ago a black man couldn’t be served at lunch counters in some cities. Barack Obama stood in front of millions of Americans on the steps of the Capitol Building surrounded by people of all skin colors, all religions, all political persuasions and was sworn into the highest office in the land.
The speech was not up to his usual oratory standards as if he didn’t want his words to take away from the moment. The opening speech by Rick Warren was inclusive and meant to unite:
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The Scripture tells us Hear, oh Israel, the Lord is our God; the Lord is one. And you are the compassionate and merciful one. And you are loving to everyone you have made. Now today we rejoice not only in America’s peaceful transfer of power for the 44th time. We celebrate a hinge-point of history with the inauguration of our first African-American president of the United States.We are so grateful to live in this land, a land of unequaled possibility, where the son of an African immigrant can rise to the highest level of our leadership.
The same can’t be said of the Reverend Joseph E. Lowery, he ended his speech by taking the post-racial society and shoving it up the backside of white America.
“We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right,” –Reverend Lowery
At the beginning of the primary season, the African-American community was supporting Hillary Clinton. It was the WHITE community that made Barack Obama the Democratic Party Candidate.
So what does he mean by White Embracing What is Right? In my mind if white America embraced what is right, someone ELSE would have been inaugurated today. Did today’s post-racial inauguration end with calling white America RACIST?
Is this how the post-racial Obama administration begins? That someday the brown can stick around, the yellow can remain mellow, and the white will embrace what’s right?
Mr. President, you keep talking about the end of partisan bickering, how you want to come together, is that what you meant by asking us to reject people who would drive a wedge through America and divide us?
Mr. President, if this is the “post-racial” world you are talking about…I am not buying.