The President Speaks About Race

Bob Webner took the time to articulate his thoughts on President Obama’s remarks on race in this country. His post is well worth the time it takes to read. WB provides the link to the transcript of the President’s remarks and they are also worth reading. I have disagreed with the President on many issues; in this issue he has my total support. We must keep trying to make it work until it does work.

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Today President Obama made an unscheduled appearance in the White House Briefing Room, in order to talk about race and the Trayvon Martin shooting.  The transcript of his remarks, which were extensive, is here.

It’s tough to talk about race in America — even if you are the nation’s first African-American President.  The social and cultural elements of America’s terrible and sordid racial past have made the topic virtually taboo.  We’ve all been in situations where people have tried to talk about race and have said things that, intentionally or inadvertently, cause everyone to cringe.  When that happens often enough, the default option is to not talk at all.  And when people don’t talk about an issue, often it just becomes magnified and increasingly difficult to address.

I believe the President is cautiously trying to encourage a national conversation about race — a conversation, not people shouting at each…

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