Friday, September 21, 2007

leadership in the civil rights movement

Who would you want leading the civil rights movement into the next part of American history?

Option 1: A guy who says Senator Obama is "acting like he's white" when it comes to the Jena situation? [Jesse Jackson]

Option 2: A guy who says this: "Outrage over an injustice like the Jena 6 isn't a matter of black and white. It's a matter of right and wrong." [Barak Obama]

The first statement doesn't build unity or bridge the gap. It uses a racially charged incident to increase division among the races in America.

The second statement addresses injustice without dividing whites and blacks into two camps. Obama seems to be able to do what Dr. King could do. He is able to transcend being a advocate just for the black community. He is able to be a champion for civil rights for all people.

This is what the civil rights movement of today needs. It needs leadership who can continue to break down walks, not build new ones. It needs leadership who is concerned not only for "black America" but for all Americans.


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