Actually it is like the child who was molested accusing the molester and the molester's children of other acts they never committed, 40 years later. I thought the line that should be taken away from my post was "People ask why this wouldn't be excused had it been a white racist, and I say it is simple. One is the guilty party who has not yet apologized, and one is the victim who has not yet forgiven."Originally posted by: 1EZduzit
That's no excuse for infecting the next generation with his hate. This is the same as excusing a child molester because he was molested as a child. You're not going to effect true change preaching that attitude and Obama is smart enough to know that.Originally posted by: Farang
I just realized why this speech was pure genius. Nobody can disagree with "Let's bring up the race issue and talk about what we usually only do in private company." But can you imagine McCain actually talking about the race issue, contributing to the debate? He has nothing to bring to the table and even if he did it would help Obama to discuss it. Obama has also framed the Wright issue in the larger picture, which some are criticizing but I also think is smart because he is saying Wright's stupid comments come from bitterness of a past generation. People ask why this wouldn't be excused had it been a white racist, and I say it is simple. One is the guilty party who has not yet apologized, and one is the victim who has not yet forgiven. We aren't all guilty but you certainly are if you are a white racist of Wright's generation. So while Obama's use of the race issue was good political maneuvering, I believe it was justified here.
The end does not justify the means.
If it is a 20 year old black guy saying the same thing, no excuse. Wright really doesn't have much of an excuse either, but any black person who lived pre-1970 has a right to be a bit bitter. Either way they aren't Obama's statements so this is all moot.
edit: that is, more of a right to be bitter than a white racist. That is why there is a double standard and many people don't seem to understand.