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Barack Obama has been under fire due to controversial remarks made by his pastor and spiritual mentor of 20 years. Today the Presidential candidate was in Philly and gave a speech addressing the controversy and the continued racial tensions in the U.S.

“This was one of the tasks we set forth at the beginning of this campaign – to continue the long march of those who came before us, a march for a more just, more equal, more free, more caring and more prosperous America. I chose to run for the presidency at this moment in history because I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together – unless we perfect our union by understanding that we may have different stories, but we hold common hopes; that we may not look the same and we may not have come from the same place, but we all want to move in the same direction – towards a better future for of children and our grandchildren.”

“I have already condemned, in unequivocal terms, the statements of Reverend Wright that have caused such controversy. For some, nagging questions remain. Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes. Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views? Absolutely – just as I’m sure many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests, or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed.”

“The man I met more than twenty years ago is a man who helped introduce me to my Christian faith, a man who spoke to me about our obligations to love one another; to care for the sick and lift up the poor. He is a man who served his country as a U.S. Marine; who has studied and lectured at some of the finest universities and seminaries in the country, and who for over thirty years led a church that serves the community by doing God’s work here on Earth – by housing the homeless, ministering to the needy, providing day care services and scholarships and prison ministries, and reaching out to those suffering from HIV/AIDS.”

“I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother – a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.

These people are a part of me. And they are a part of America, this country that I love.”

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  • BoughieBeech

    1st…YES WE CAN!

    Obama 2008

  • BoughieBeech

    Damn…ok 3rd! Obama 2008

  • sweetmoses

    He’s so G.

    Like Chris Rock said, we look at America like the uncle that put us through college but raped us as a kid. But this is a sentiment that a lot of us have felt and expressed amongst ourselves in the Black community but probably haven’t articulated to the rest of America. I’m glad that he has been able to address this situation and put it into the public discourse.

  • bootlegger

    do yo thang Obama.

  • dubya

    But, the other day, he said that he’d never heard this kind of talk from his pastor. So, why did he lie about it?

  • BoughieBeech

    God Heard our prayers…Take That Clinton!

  • Diva08

    That was an excellent speech. This election is a defining moment in American history. It will change race relations in America, only time will tell if it will be for better or worse.

  • O

    “… my white grandmother – a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.”


  • Doc

    @dubya listen George Bush he admit that he didnt hear anything like blaming America crap . but didnt we all have ever heard the pastoir say somenthing we dont agree with?

  • Diva08

    The only thing the pastor said that wa soffensive was about Aids being a man made disease. He has no proof so he shouldnt have said it. The pastor was right about Hillary not knowing the black experience. The pastor was right about 9/11. America gave Osama Bin Laden money and weapons to fight the soviets out of Afganstan. When the Taliban was sucessfull in kicking the soviets out. America turned there backs on the the people of Afganhstan and would not give them AID. WHITE PEOPLE dont like hearing the truth.

  • MissJoyInsideMyTears

    Always classy, always intelligent….these are the things I admire about Obama as a person.

    I admire the way he took a few days to actually think about what he was going to say before he said it in front of the whole country. About time we see some class as it relates to American politics….

  • RIP Snoop

    Very well said. I dont know if anyone could have articulated this subject any better, on boths sides of the fence.

  • Steel

    A lot of white folks don’t like the fact that he didn’t disown the pastor. Like they disown those child rapping priests.

    I thought he would get as far away from the pastor as possible. A friend of mine who is a DC delegate told me yesterday that Sen. Barrack Obama would rather Get Out than Sell Out, he said thats exactly the way Barrack would lay it down.

  • kb1908

    I am awed by the speech!

  • BellaY

    I watched the speech on television and he did a fantastic job!

    This man can change the world!!!!!

    OBAMA 08!

  • dubya


    Yes, I agree, even my parents say stuff that make me cringe. I do have a problem with obama first saying that he’d never heard him say that and then turn around and say that he did. That bothers me.

  • Bekah

    He did not say that he wasn’t present for any of his pastor’s controversial sermons – he said he wasn’t present at the ones that are currently under scrutiny. So, he didn’t lie.

  • dubya

    Bekah, oh, i see. I could have sworn he said that he has never heard his pastor say these offensive things.

  • lanette

    his pastor is a great man…and he didn’t say anything that is not true.

  • Steel

    @ dubya

    It’s always going to be something isn’t it!

    You go by dubya and you have a problem with people lying. That name itself belongs in the book of lies.


  • Its6amHoGetOut

    You people arent being real with yourselves, White and messycan America will never vote for Obama when that time comes.

  • lanette

    DIVA08 you are right—whites don’t like to hear the truth AND I would add they want us to turn the other cheek and sing kumbuya all the time.

  • cari

    My heart is full today after listening to Senator Obama. No analysis or revisionist punditry can ever take away the “moment” that we all shared today as a nation with Senator Obama, the next President of the United States. We should all be very proud.

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