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.