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Mike Huckabee defends Barack Obama on Rev. Wright controversy

By Griffin · March 19th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Sorry for the one-topic blogging this week, but this ongoing discussion of race in America is fascinating to me.  Here’s a video of former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee defending Obama’s handling of the Wright controversy and encouraging Americans to have a bit of sympathy for Wright himself.  Insightful stuff from a former pastor.

The key quote:

As easy as it is for those of us who are white to look back and say “That’s a terrible statement!” … I grew up in a very segregated South. And I think that you have to cut some slack — and I’m gonna be probably the only conservative in America who’s gonna say something like this, but I’m just tellin’ you — we’ve gotta cut some slack to people who grew up being called names; being told you have to sit in the balcony when you go to the movie; you have to go to the back door to go into the restaurant; you can’t sit out there with everyone else, there’s a separate waiting room in the doctor’s office; here’s where you sit on the bus. … And you know what? Sometimes people do have a chip on their shoulder, and resentment, and you have to just say, “I probably would, too. I probably would, too.” And in fact, I may have had more of a chip on my shoulder had it been me.

Tags: Barack Obama · Democrats · Mike Huckabee · Republicans

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  • 1 poet1951 // Mar 23, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    I remember riding in the back of the bus because I was with my “mammy” and she was black…I was six years old. I remember the segregated south and like Mike Huckabee, I feel sorry for the things that were done to the Black race, but I didn’t do it…I remember three black girls beating the crap out of my sister on her way to school, and me facing two blacks in the alley behind the theatre where I worked, but I don’t hate every black man or woman for what happened in the sixties…until we all move won’t change…I dont blame anyone for my not being able to attend Harvard, because my family couldn’t afford it…I say thank you for the service I get at McDonald’s whether the person is black or white yellow or blue…it doesn’t matter…I have been run out of a black joint I was invited to come into by a black friend, because I was white…again, I don’t blame the world for the stupidity of some whether they were black or white…get over it…”the young man that thinks the world owes him a living, will be the old man who curses the world for his failure”…that applys to all men and women…not just black or white one…

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