Senator Obama’s speech is over.
Now it’s your turn to speak out.
The presidential candidate covered some big, explosive issues during his 45-minute address.
He tried to distance himself from the fiery sermons made by his former pastor. While he strongly condemned Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.’s comments as divisive, distorted and wrong, he would not denounce him, saying “I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother – a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.”
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Sen. Obama also had some more sweeping remarks about the general issue of race in the United States. “This is where we are right now,” he said. “It's a racial stalemate we've been stuck in for years. Contrary to the claims of some of my critics, black and white, I have never been so naive as to believe that we can get beyond our racial divisions in a single election cycle, or with a single candidacy – particularly a candidacy as imperfect as my own."
But he is putting it out there.
Will his speech help or hurt his chances of becoming President?
And is our nation in a racial stalemate?
– Gabe Falcon, 360° Writer
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