March 31st, 2008
06:24 PM ET

Forget Rev. Wright: Condi talks tough about race in America

Sen. Barack Obama has called for a national discussion on race in America, and one of the folks who sure didn't hold back when asked was Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.


In a discussion with the editorial board of the Washington Times on Thursday, Rice called racism a "birth defect" of America, and said that black Americans have loved the nation even when it didn't love us.

The Times reported:

“Black Americans were a founding population," she said. "Africans and Europeans came here and founded this country together — Europeans by choice and Africans in chains. That's not a very pretty reality of our founding.”
“As a result, Miss Rice told editors and reporters at The Washington Times, "descendants of slaves did not get much of a head start, and I think you continue to see some of the effects of that..."

"That particular birth defect makes it hard for us to confront it, hard for us to talk about it, and hard for us to realize that it has continuing relevance for who we are today," she said.

Rice later said: "America doesn't have an easy time dealing with race," Miss Rice said, adding that members of her family have "endured terrible humiliations."
"What I would like understood as a black American is that black Americans loved and had faith in this country even when this country didn't love and have faith in them — and that's our legacy," she said.

Wow, was all I could say to that.

What was even more stunning was the relative lack of coverage on this issue.
I was told CNN's "The Situation Room" did a piece on her comments Friday.   But when I surfed the Net to see follow-up stories in other papers, it has pretty much been ignored, except for some briefs.

Why would the mainstream media be so dismissive of Rice's comments? Imagine if Rev. Al Sharpton or Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. said such a thing. Do you think they would have gotten ripped?

The fact of the matter is that Rice was right on the money with her comments, and should be commended. She spoke honestly and openly about the issue, and deserves credit for speaking the truth.

I just wish my colleagues in the media would do a better job at advancing the issue of race in America and our sordid history.

We went bonkers about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, but when Rice, the nation’s chief diplomat, spoke truthfully, it barely made a ripple.

– Roland S. Martin, CNN Contributor

soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. Wilf

    Wright's comments should be put into the biblical context in which they were uttered. They are a warning against creating an idol call America. The Prophet Amos had far harsher things to say about the Kingdom of Israel. .

    April 1, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  2. Orlando

    Ed K. first did you hear the whole sermon because if you did not listen to the whole sermon you being deprived of the truth. Having said that to say this some people denounce what has happen or is happening surrounding racism because they are spectators or instigators of racist remark.

    April 1, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  3. EMJordan-NJ


    April 1, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  4. EMJordan-NJ


    April 1, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  5. Sharbob

    The press is all about sensationalism and ratings. So I'm not surprised that Condoleezza Rice's comments did not get aired. I'm however disappointed that with her position of power she did not choose to speak out before now! What took her so long? I have found that people are afraid to confront race relations in America. We are still suffering from past woulds but the current state of race relations needs to be dealt with as well. Racism has taken on many different forms from that of the past. In addition to white racism against blacks, there is also black racism against whites and hispanics against blacks and vice versa. The country is in a bad way with only a few of us making the effort to live and work together. Comments by Wright are inexcusable and counter productive and do not help Black Americans. Just to hear views like that repeatedly continues the ill-feelings from long ago. Wright should be preaching about blacks forgiving whites for what was done to them and helping them to move on and deal with current race matters.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  6. Rob, Arvada, CO

    What everyone needs to see, is that Americans are influenced by racism from their parents, grandparents, and peers. Not by media and churches. Why is it people are only good christians when they are sitting in the pew in church, and than it all goes out the door when the sermon is over? It is time to draw the line, this far no further! We are Americans, not divided into sub-groups of religion, race, or ethnicity. Racism is so 1960s, it is 2008, people! We will never progress as a nation until we can treat each other with respect and love and put racism and bigotry behind us. Turns out the Iraq war, the economy, and health care are'nt the most important issues in our country today, racism and bigotry are. Dialogue is the key here and we all need to sit down, work this out, and move forward, together as one nation.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  7. Marvin Wadlow Jr

    Sorry, just one more comment in regards to someone saying racism was limited to the south...sorry, you may have thought that but "It ain't the case" as my mother of ninety-four told me the racism that existed back in her day when she moved to California and built fighter plans on the assembly line for the war.

    Don't forget, this country's early economic power base and wealth was built on the backs of slaves, there is no way that racism and Jim Crow wouldn't effect the entire country.

    Was it easier to live in other areas besides the south, of course it was; but there were still issues of race to be dealt with regardless of where you were geographically if you were a person who was black, mexican, asian, or anyone of color besides of European decent.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  8. Marvin Wadlow Jr

    And, as we come to find out with the out of context comments pulled from an entire sermon, and with clips of wild applause placed in the appropriate place to tell the "wanted media story," the language is near the same from Rice and Wright.

    However, the old adage of it's not what you say...but how you say it hits home once again. It's a sad fact but the truth of our society today in being PC.

    What either Rice or Wright says about racisim, black culture, what we talk about and what we don't is not a shock to us as blacks. What is a shock is that we still don't talk about "it" at all, and that's why it's shocking to most Americans because they haven't had to care! Well, "The Chickens have come home to roost...and their talking now thank God!"

    -Marvin Wadlow Jr

    April 1, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  9. blackjack

    oner thing people in a mega church like rev wrights......there a kids church...children don't usually come into the main sanctuary until there about 13years old

    April 1, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  10. Debbie, NJ

    One of the reasons the media doesn't want to push this article or even the one where Fl. apologized to blacks for slavery is because most people want to use racism as a trump card when it is suitable like bringing Rev. Wright and Obama into this discussion. These are the real racist.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  11. YT

    you can't blame citizens of today for there forefathers issues........but they are holding on to the inheritance of those people.....what is interesting to me is I was talking to a young man....he made the argument that slavery was before his time......but didn't understand that the civil rights movement took place in the 60's.........so you had alot of free blacks for around 80 + years living with no rights even though they were declared free..........and for all you historians.....the US would have been two or three countries if the union did not get the help of slaves in the south helping fight to maintain a country that had exploited them in the past........as a white man it is a shame ...howo we have used blacks for every advancement of the country but could not find it in our heart to try and advance them socially before the 60's ....it not a pretty picture but as Americans we must take a deep look ...if we are to continue to be the world leader

    April 1, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  12. YT

    Ed K .....you are sensitive.....and you can blind yoourself with Wrights comments and never see the truth...but I can't hate you for it because this is the basis of alot of peoples faith in this country......let just makeup a reality; and stick with that........but as poor and uneducated as some are around me .....the Truth is all they have.....and no matter how much money or status....they will not let those like you steal their TRUTH.......unfortunately race and politics will never go together especially here because there is little truth in politics.....no matter who the candidate is!
    Change 08

    April 1, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  13. Ariane

    Mr Martin, I am glad that Secretary Rice made this statement. It continues to amaze me that many Americans think there is now no more racism, it is a truly color blind society "if only those black folks wouldn't keep complaining".

    I hope more people will learn more about Trinity and its former pastor Rev. Wright, watch the other sermons available from the church's YouTube channel and the blog truthabouttrinity and learn that a minute or two of soundbites strung together cannot sum up this
    former marine and his 36-year ministry who built a tiny struggling church into a congregation of 8,000 with an amazing array of faith based programs to help a struggling population on the South Side of Chicago.

    For those who keep asking about the children hearing the sermons they can feel assured that there is a children's worship service just like in many churches. The kids are not with the adult congregation during the sermons. On the subject of the N word, I think there is a BIG difference in calling someone a N and talking about people having been called a N.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  14. Sue Smith-Texas

    If this country is SO racist, why do we have black Mayors, Senators, Congressmen, TV Personalities, Radio Hosts, Actors, Presidential Candidates, Astronauts, CEO's, Company Presidents, Business Owners, Models, Entertainers and numerous other jobs & careers? It's because these black people WORKED HARD to get where they are at. It takes hard work and committment to get anywhere in this world, I don't care what color your skin is.

    I have a niece that is a drug addict. She is always pulling the sympathy card. She says her mom & dad abandoned her when she was just a teenager. They did, and shame on them,but it was HER choice which road she went down. She could have come to live with her grandmother, but she chose the easy way out. She chose to not work, stay high all the time, and steal to support her habit. Her brother chose a different path. He has a job, wife, 3 beautiful children, a member of a local church and he is a volunteer firman/emt.

    It's not about RACE!!!!

    April 1, 2008 at 1:25 pm |
  15. Janice, Aberdeen, SD

    Actually in the special on Frontline (sorry CNN) about the events leading up to the Iraq war, I think we can at least speculate that Rumsfeld in the way he disrespected Dr. Rice that he may have been disrespecting her gender or race. He was disrespectful of a lot of folks, but from what was reported he went way over the line with respect to her and Colin Powell.

    She had to send people in to spy on what he was doing to find out what was going on. He probably knew that if she knew more about the faulty data and facts, she would have put her foot down as head of the NSA and demanded more time to verify the facts and joined Colin Powell in his reservations.

    The most qualified opinions get maneuvered out of the way – isn't that today how the subtle forms of discrimination work? And the people who it happened to – they don't dare acknowledge personal events that may have impacted their own career as racist or sexist – because to do so will disqualify them automatically from future opportunities. But they do walk with their feet, and it's worth noting that Rice and Powell now seem to have opted out of politics. Even to say what Rice said shows courage.

    Whites are shocked by black racism and black anger? I commend Obama staying in dialog with people who shared these views even if he didn't agree and he knew the political risks. That's the only way racism will end – someone has to facilitate the dialog.

    What would show real courage is if McCain would go to these churches and speak, but we won't see that.

    April 1, 2008 at 1:15 pm |
  16. beverly

    Finally – an inner glimpse of Secretary Rice. What profound words and how amazing the press missed it – OR DID THEY!!!! I have a newfound respect for Secretary Rice for speaking her mind and heart.

    April 1, 2008 at 12:46 pm |
  17. Ham

    If we elect Obama we can move on... He will lead us to the promise land... Him and the good Rev Wright have all the answers. Just close your eyes... believe it to be true... and he will change the world.

    Obama 08

    April 1, 2008 at 11:16 am |
  18. Claudia

    I personally believe racism should be medically proclaimed as a mental illness. Racism seems to be representative of one who has low self esteem and needs the bar raised with professional treatment.

    April 1, 2008 at 10:51 am |
  19. Letha, Sioux Falls, SD

    Are you please with the racist comments your coverage has brought out? Mr Martin, you wanted to talk about it and here are the comments you wanted. Racism is alive and well in the USA and most of these comments show it but sadly they are certainly reverse discrimination. Have the blacks suffered, yes! Do I have to pay for something I was not involved with, yes! Did Obama sit in that church for 20 years and listen to the racist comments by a minister, yes! Do I want him as my president, hell NO!

    April 1, 2008 at 10:13 am |
  20. Kenyon

    Often times the truth hurts. I believe Rev. Wright words hurt many Americans. But understand how hurt he must have felt as a result of segregation, humiliation and deprivation. He grew up in a time when America abandoned African Americans in many ways. Of course, his experiences would be different from yours and mine. But who are we to judge or criticize this man? We all have different experiences in this country; this is a reality, a fact. Our experiences shape and mold who we are and who we will become. I think Rev. Wright is a product of those experiences....some good and some bad. Does this mean he does not love his country, I think not. What it means, very simply, is that America has disappointed him, as it has many Americans. To deny this will only keep us stagnant as a country. In order to move forward we must acknowledge the pain and hurt this country has caused. Acknowledgement + Truth = FREEDOM

    April 1, 2008 at 9:45 am |
  21. M Murphy

    C. Rice's comments were up front but spoken in words that don't inflame. They words that people can think through. Wright's words are anti American, anti White – big difference. Again why doesn't the news media put Obama under a microscope and follow his life for the lsat 20 years and see who he has supported. The more that comes out in bits and pieces, the more it sounds like Obama is just another politician with lots of baggage. But nobody will call him on it because that would be racist. So everyday he pulls the racist card and we let him get away with it. It's either Clinton or McCain! I won't vote for Obama.

    April 1, 2008 at 9:35 am |
  22. A True Native, Texas

    MY descendants were here LONG before the Europeans and Africans came along. You want to talk about neglect and enduring terrible humiliations....you have NOTHING on NATIVE AMERICANS. Our "legacy" was taken.

    April 1, 2008 at 9:34 am |
  23. Fatima

    Why didn't you blow this story up like you did Barack Obama's race issues. Please, it amazes me how you all want to look at race through the eyes of deception. and not explore race like it really it. I now know that Rice is a human being with real feelings, and has spoken the reality even though you gave little or no media attention to this.

    April 1, 2008 at 9:01 am |
  24. Kellie

    Sad that in this day and age that so many can't see beyond color. There are those that are blinded by their own ignorance, and those that seem to relish dredging it up. I live in south Louisiana, and can honestly say that I don't see a lot of racist behavior in my area. I am a 42 year white woman, most of my co workers are black,I don't care, neither do they. Most of us in our town grew up together, went to school together, and see each other as people, not walking pigment. We all love our children, feel the same pain, and face the same issues, and hopefully will learn to see everyone as part of the glory of God's creation. Now to swing in from outfield with a completely off topic comment...if Colin Powell were running for President, he'd have my vote hands down. Mr. Obama on the other hand...

    April 1, 2008 at 8:42 am |
  25. neecee

    Ed.K, this is a dead issue stop beating the horse. What are you white folks afraid of. Be proud of your democracy, it gives people the freedom to say pretty much anything. The real issue here is that you and your kind cannot stomach the thought of a black man in the white house – and.... you have the nerve to be sticking your nose in other people's business talking about democracy – hypocracy is more like it. what a backward bunch of loosers. The R Wright is anti-american? so what? his forefathers paid the price many times over for him to have the freedom to say what he wants. Get over yourself

    April 1, 2008 at 8:05 am |
  26. Lynn

    God is not the author of confusion. Obama would have been caught between a rock and a hard place had he turned and run away from his church because the media paints his former pastor as being anti-american. The media knows that if they would continue to bring up Rev. Wright that would bring out hidden biases that people secretly have but won't show it until they go into a voting booth, that is why they are always taking polls, they want to make Barack Obama pay for what (Rev. Wright )says. You can live with a spouse for 20 years, you don't divorce them because the comments they make are taboo to the general public, you take them off to the side and let them know that their comments were inappropriate and some may not understand your family history or background. While this is not an excuse for his pastor's comments, this has brought out many hidden prejudices. Even Hillary Clinton brought the subject back up when she was being asked about her own shortcomings as far as her trip to Bosnia and sniper fire is concerned. She knows how to work the media to her favor I have to give her credit for that. The only reason I can see the media continually running Rev. Wright's comments is because they want white America to think twice and not vote for Barack Obama, that's the only thing the media really have on him. He can't be racist he's half white himself. It's unfortunate that all men aren't created equal in some of America's eyes, (even the media). The medias job is to keep America confused on picking the candidate that they think is best in leading this country. But whether in secret of heart or out in the open, facts still remain and we absolutely don't believe in God like we say we do, we are just hopng he won't judge us according to the way we have treated our fellowman while tying his hands and breaking his commandments. I'm not a minister but I absolutely do know who God is. America is hurting and all you see is a contest of who can find the worse dirt on each candidate poor poor America.

    April 1, 2008 at 7:09 am |
  27. Andre From MD

    Reading the wonderful comments I believe that we are making strides to talk about this countries history however it is always that one sided person such as Ed K.

    I pray for people Like ED K. To place judgement on a person who grow up during a time in this country where being black meant that you were less than a man. To place judgement on a person who went to fight for a country that never respect him enough to treat him equal. If anything ED K should be thanking REv. Wright and the many soldiers of all racial backgrounds for fighting for their freedoms. For people like ED K who clearly does not know how that would shape that person thoughts and views of this place that I love, America.

    I pray that their are more open mind people in America than those narrow mind individuals such as ED K.

    April 1, 2008 at 7:07 am |
  28. Jacqui Chan

    It is surprising to hear Condoleezza Rice speak this way. Her point is well heard, by myself anyways and she made her point so eloquently.

    April 1, 2008 at 6:09 am |
  29. Latino4ClintonDaly City, CA

    Here comes the cavalry! Do we have to hear all this crap all over again. Having you people had enough of the "Speech" on race; like this is going to change anything. People who do not like Obama will not vote for him even if you resuscitate Mr. King himself. The reason being that we do not like Obama because we believe he is fake and not deserving of the opportunity to be incharge of our destiny; but it is not a matter of color or race. People dislike a lot of people for a variety of reasons but the dislke is based on attitude, character and a deep feeling inside that prevents you from trusting that particular individual. Is self preservation I guess.

    I will not vote for Obama not even if you dressing as the pope.

    Go Hillary or Go McCain!!!!!!

    April 1, 2008 at 4:14 am |
  30. Dan Rathbone

    Years ago, I remember hearing an old Baptist preacher speak. He was a white man, raised in the deep South, and he regularly used the " N " word throughout his sermon. The sermon was about race relations. No black people were in attendance. He was not asked to come back to preach, and to my knowledge, was told that his comments were unwelcome. Even though his audience was white, everyone felt that he was wrong in what he preached. He was a visiting preacher, and he has never been asked back. As a white man, a Husband, and a Father, and as a Christain, I can understand the difficulties that Obamma faces. What his former Pastor says is less important to me than what Obamma is saying, and Obamma is
    saying what America needs to hear. I still think he is a good man, of sound character and moral fiber, and I will support him and I will vote for him, in the Presidential election, and I am proud to do so. We need
    a good solid man in the White House, a man that can change things for the better. It doesn't matter to me what color his skin is, I like the way he talks, I like to hear the younger generation all excited about politics, and I like to hear a voice ringing loud and clear that America is on the way back up.

    April 1, 2008 at 2:49 am |
  31. Ellie

    Yes, I bet the Republicans will have a field day! with Rev Wright and again, that's probably why they hope that Obama will be the candidate.
    I so wish the "Dream Team" debates would return or not have left! Again,it was the media that said Obama "must become mean and a fighter!" against Hillary, and of course she will have to do the same. So here we are and lost our "Dream Team"–that would be much harder for Republicans to squash or tackle!
    Discussion on race is important, but not 24/7 at every turn! How about discussions on the human condition around the world!

    April 1, 2008 at 2:20 am |
  32. Yvonne

    The definition of racism is that �members of one racial group consider themselves superior to members of other racial groups.� I can safely say that blacks have not considered themselves superior to whites. On the contrary. There really is no such thing as black racism. Racism goes beyond color. In the case of American History, racism existed in the hearts of the European pioneers and founding fathers, who as a majority thought themselves superior to other races. Any resistance from slaves could not be considered racism, but simply fighting for justice. Today any expression of injustice from the Black community cannot be called racism. The underdog resisting a bully cannot be called a bully, but a survivor. The term black racism should never be used, because it simply does not exist. As Condeleeza Rice stated, �Africans and Europeans came here and founded this country together, Europeans by choice and Africans by chains.� It�s an ignorant notion to tell Black Americans to get over their past. Imagine telling White Americans to get over their past, both the good and the bad. They would not know who they are and or where they�re going. It�s time to learn, grow and work towards the Abolition of Ignorance.

    April 1, 2008 at 1:37 am |
  33. Ross Steinborn

    Ed K.

    If you knew much about American foreign policy you might understand these "anti-American" views. Lets just say black people are not the only ethos we have taken advantage of over the years. Furthermore, of course the media does not really report on these activities could. That could be because American foreign policy and corporate interests are one in the same and hey, guess who owns the media?

    If you guessed corporations than you were right!!

    April 1, 2008 at 1:29 am |
  34. Ross Steinborn

    "Wow" does not seem to the best response to a statement that clearly legitimizes white control over the black community. In fact, I would argue that such a response is a continuation of the "love it or leave it" mentality of current American politics. It is the typical answer of the status quo–you wronged us but were ok with that because it made us stronger–we love this country, even though you defined our being as less than human for over 300 years. It just does not seem enough to What I would like understood as a black American is that black Americans loved and had faith in this country even when this country didn’t love and have faith in them — and that’s our legacy,”

    It seems like a coup-out to maintain the status quo. Maybe another way to say it is that it is too PC–not string anything up, playing it safe.

    April 1, 2008 at 1:21 am |
  35. Typicalatinanproud

    Ed K... as catholics we sat with priests we trusted. When we found out how ugly they were in their acts we did not abandon the catholic church nor did we disown our Pope. These priests were not punished enough. . Stands to reason that we should not ever judge another human based on what someone elese says but on what they do.
    I say enough Obama bashing from Wright sermons . He was not even there when this sermon was delivered. Think again who was too benefit from this? >> Hillary. I would not put it past her campaign to have church spies who gave this to the press to garner votes in penn.
    That is Hillary's M.O.
    I am very proud of Condi ..

    April 1, 2008 at 12:42 am |
  36. laf!

    I agree with Jacqueline; I was shocked to see Condi take such a stand on race–particularly ours (African-American). I believe it will make a difference in the minds of the "aristocratic" White majority.

    Personally, I'm waiting for White-American mainstream to nod its head and say, "You know what, I'm proud of African-Americans. Against all odds, they have run the course, have stopped while running to pick up due process, and continue to construct schools for the blind to send her lady justice, in spite of an ongoing, undermined economy."

    As far as Mr. J, are you sure? I'm in a work environment right now where it has been revealed that our Manager decided to pay the White girl $1 more than she decided to pay the Black lady for doing the same job. Here is the clincher: the White girl doesn't even have a GED. The Black woman has college credits.

    I recently finished up my Sociology class. After reading any Sociology textbook, you will find this is regular business in America.

    April 1, 2008 at 12:30 am |
  37. sandra whitlock

    i think blacks are gods choosen.they praise him and they have super talent,when it comes to singing.blacks have the right to think people [whites] are raciest.because 8 times out of 10 they are.there are still kkk people out there.there are white supremiest still out there,that think blacks should all be killed and it makes me sick.i got a surprise for them.we all bleed the same color.there is no place for raceist in this world.but you will find them over and over again.i can't wait for jesus to look in his book of life and say -i know you not.to the raciest.or the lord tell them-step back at the pearley gates and wait for the blacks go thru first.and no im not black.im lilly white.

    April 1, 2008 at 12:14 am |
  38. mike

    RACISM in America is real. On Monday Night O’Reilly Show his true White Superiority Complex by threaten a black professor that Black Pastors better be careful about supporting Jeremiah Wrights comments about the unjust policies of pass and present parts of our Government. Claiming that it would increase racial division Instead of having an intelligent conversation he continuously interrupted the truth from being exposed

    April 1, 2008 at 12:14 am |
  39. Rebecca

    She did not get the same media coverage because she is a woman!
    How biased is the media..............VERY. ALWAYS. They show woman mainly in empty or submissive roles such as beauty queens, housewives, Brittney Spears dancers....actresses looking perfect....(or the opposite) why? Because it sells. This is a very sick society...
    For reasons to change our views on woman for the good and health of this country (and the world) I say...GO HILLARY!

    March 31, 2008 at 11:55 pm |
  40. Celia, Jamaica

    It's amazing that with all the people still talking about Rev Wright, they still refuse to articulate what exactly they claim was racist about his sermon. They prefer to attach easy labels and refuse to engage their brains in analysis and then honest discussion. It is really sad.

    But then Rev. Wright is a follower of Jesus and look what happened to HIM when He spoke uncomfortable truths ... crucifixion

    March 31, 2008 at 11:47 pm |
  41. EJ - Ohio

    "Black people and the media can spin this Reverend Wright thing any way they want.."

    Black people this, black people that...

    March 31, 2008 at 11:47 pm |
  42. Othello Johnson

    I wonder When Republican Canadate Senator John McCain,and Democrats rival senator Hillary Clinton speaks of Senator Obama as being inexpirence to be commender in chief.Did the Constitution states that you should have certain level of expirence,or wasn't there an age set to run?If Senator Obama is above the running age,as the Constitution states,than let the issue of expirence be laid to rest.
    Fresh and ready for change,he is the best man for the job.

    March 31, 2008 at 11:44 pm |
  43. Deb - Canada

    I don't think it is good to open old wounds, particularly when people have moved so far forward with racial equality.
    Also, talk about "birth defects" – women got the vote after African American men and are still paid less than men of any colour. So, how about talking about how disenfranchised black women and all women are. This is what Hillary represents to me – she will send a message to the world that a woman is in charge and that will help women everywhere of every colour. But I guess you'll never discuss that on CNN.

    March 31, 2008 at 11:39 pm |
  44. gaily

    I think that if Obama is elected PRES. it wll not be long before something he does or says will either anger blacks & or whites. Anyone who speaks against him will automatically be labeled racist by Al Sharpton, Roland Martin etc. etc. It is a good thing many Americans love to fight because in the next four years you all are in for somer rough times CIVIL war Part 2.

    March 31, 2008 at 11:39 pm |
  45. Sue

    What our forefathers did to African Americans was clearly wrong. But it is time to stop holding the rest of us hostage for what they did. Just like what Hitler did to the Jews was so very wrong but the Jews while unable to forget and should not bury their history they do not hold all of Germany accountable for what was done many years ago. Set us free from your years of anger. We are not responsible for what was done so long ago.

    March 31, 2008 at 11:38 pm |
  46. G J from New Jersey

    Come on people – this is the 21st Century and it's time to get over this whole race thing. What a ridiculous waste of time – people should spend their time more wisely by doing more constructive things, like more of an interest in the environment and how we can make a difference now and in the future.............Al Gore is on the right course – so should we all be.

    March 31, 2008 at 11:35 pm |
  47. John St Louis

    Am I the only one who is concerned that Obama's 'grammy; is a Kenyan woman living in a hut, doesn't speak a word of English, (I'm assuming is Muslim) and lives in a country that the next President of the United States will have to deal with diplomatically. Am I the only person who sees this as a conflict of interest here?
    I will say this though; when the media (I believe CNN) interviewed his 'granny' I have to be honest and say that I have no idea what she or the translator siad; I couldn't get past the fact this this woman was sitting in a mudd hutt holding a LIVE chicken in her lap......... maybe Super Tuesday Celebration Dinner plans?
    Seriously though..... I would be concerned about the conflict of interest he would deal with when it comes to diplomatic dealings with Kenya. Any thoughts?

    March 31, 2008 at 11:31 pm |
  48. Penny

    I am going to take the HIGH ROAD. With Condeleeza Rice. She is a CLASS ACT more so than GW Bush.. The subject of race is like LEMONS. You just make LEMON AIDE. That's UNITY AS Obama speaks of. Everyone loves Lemon-aide. Just stay on the "HIGH ROAD".

    March 31, 2008 at 11:28 pm |
  49. Ed K.

    Black people and the media can spin this Reverend Wright thing any way they want to but the facts can't be changed. The man is anti-America and his sermons prove it. Obama sit and listened to this for 20 years

    March 31, 2008 at 11:21 pm |
  50. Larry Grace

    Too many whites want to ignore discussing race in order to maintain the status quo. Other wise a true discussion would reveal why this country is so full of bias, prejudice, racism and hate.

    March 31, 2008 at 11:20 pm |
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