Barack Obama delivered an inspiring speech on race. He had cleverly balanced out his criticisms on both black and white, and then challenged America to solve our problems together and to work toward “A More Perfect Union.” He believed, “This union may never be perfect, but generation after generation has shown that it can always be perfected.” Obama also untangled himself out of the controversial statement made by Reverend Jeremiah Wright in his skillful remark:
The profound mistake of Reverend Wright’s sermons is not that he spoke about racism in our society. It’s that he spoke as if our society was static; as if no progress has been made; as if this country—a country that has made it possible for one of his own members to run for the highest office in the land and build a coalition of white and black; Latino and Asian, rich and poor, young and old—is still irrevocably bound to a tragic past. But what we know—what we have seen—is that America can change. That is true genius of this nation. What we have already achieved gives us hope—the audacity to hope—for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.
If Obama could indeed hold truth to his powerful words, there’s no reason for me not to root for him.