[…] Obama was not condemning anyone. His key to post-racial transformation? End the blame game. In the end, he argued, black-and-white matters less–or should matter less–than issues of class and economic power:
And just as black anger often proved counterproductive, so have these white resentments distracted attention from the real culprits of the middle class squeeze–a corporate culture rife with inside dealing, questionable accounting practices, and short-term greed; a Washington dominated by lobbyists and special interests; economic policies that favor the few over the many. And yet, to wish away the resentments of white Americans, to label them as misguided or even racist, without recognizing they are grounded in legitimate concerns–this too widens the racial divide, and blocks the path to understanding. […]
I’ve been saying essentially this for at least 2 decades. Admittedly, Obama says it better than I do. And to those who say you should be known by the company you keep, I would say only “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”
No, I am not saying that Obama staying in his church was sinful. I am saying that I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have one of those people somewhere in their history. I was raised by the worst kind of white racists. I rejected that early, but I did not stop caring for, and even loving, those people.
Race is not the defining factor. Class is. It’s time we all recognized the true common enemy, and starting working to improve everyone’s lives. Who or what is that enemy?
[…] a corporate culture rife with inside dealing, questionable accounting practices, and short-term greed; a Washington dominated by lobbyists and special interests; economic policies that favor the few over the many. […]
That’s your real enemy. And it has no color; Though it is certainly dominated by old white men, they do not rule alone.
ETA: See and read the speech here as well.