Today, Senator Barack Obama delivered a major speech on race relations, tackling what many deem "the biggest test of his presidential campaign and political career." Obama renewed his call for generational change and national unity this morning and addressed race relations at length. The speech also addressed Reverend Wright's sermons about America following 9/11.
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.
Read the entire speech here.