06 abril 2008

Proud to be black

Minha metade negra se enche de orgulho, não quando ouve batuque de samba (isso qualquer tribo pode fazer), mas quando eu leio os textos deste dois negões com N maiúsculo:

Obama's Philadelphia Speech: A Theatrical Masterpiece, por Thomas Sowell

Someone once said that a con man's job is not to convince skeptics but to enable people to continue to believe what they already want to believe. Accordingly, Obama's Philadelphia speech -- a theatrical masterpiece -- will probably reassure most Democrats and some other Obama supporters. They will undoubtedly say that we should now "move on," even though many Democrats have still not yet moved on from George W. Bush's 2000 election victory. Like the Soviet show trials during their 1930s purges, Obama's speech was not supposed to convince critics but to reassure supporters and fellow-travelers, in order to keep the "useful idiots" useful.

Obama's Speech Ignores The Fundamental Issue, por Walter Williams

For the nation and for black people, the first black president should be the caliber of a Jackie Robinson and Barack Obama is not. Barack Obama has charisma and charm but in terms of character, values and understanding, he is no Jackie Robinson. By now, many Americans have heard the racist and anti-American tirades of Obama's minister and spiritual counselor. There's no way that Obama could have been a 20-year member of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's church and not been aware of his statements.

Wright's racist and anti-American ideas are by no means unique. They are the ideas of many leftist professors and taught to our young people. The basic difference between Sen. Obama, Wright and leftist professors is simply a matter of style and language. His Philadelphia speech demonstrated his clever style where he merely changed the subject. The controversy was not about race. It was about his longtime association with such a hatemonger and whether he shared the Reverend's vision.

Obama's success is truly a remarkable commentary on the goodness of Americans and how far we've come in resolving matters of race. I'm 72 years old. For almost all of my life, a black having a real chance at becoming the president of the United States was at best a pipe dream. Obama has convincingly won primaries in states with insignificant black populations. As such, it further confirms what I've often said: The civil rights struggle in America is over and it's won. At one time black Americans did not have the constitutional guarantees enjoyed by white Americans; now we do. The fact that the civil rights struggle is over and won does not mean that there are not major problems confronting many members of the black community but they are not civil rights problems and have little or nothing to do with racial discrimination.

Todo mundo se indignou (o esporte predileto nos dias de hoje) com o personagem do ator Nicolas Cage no filme O Senhor da Guerra. De fato, é repugnante ver alguém ganhar a vida às custas da dor e do sofrimento da guerra. É uma pena que as pessoas não canalizem essa indginação para os Senhores da Guerra Racial, gente que fatura, e muito, provendo armas e inventando batalhas para manter viva uma guerra que já não tem mais sentido algum.