Monday, July 12, 2010

President Obama takes the high ground

Our featured title this week is Best African American Essays: 2009. The caption below the book cover image is a quote which comes from a piece in the book, Stanley Crouch's essay, "The High Ground":

"[Barack Obama] is in the business of acting as though e pluribus unum is the connecting foundation upon which all necessary change must be built, and his supporters obviously agree with him."

The quote referred to Barack Obama's performance during the 2008 presidential campaign. Even during the campaign, however, candidate Obama had to address the race issue, as a result of attacks brought on by his close association with his pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Now that he is in the White House, do you think that President Obama is acting on the same principle of this government, e pluribus unum, "out of many, one"? The excoriation of Mr. Obama by the Tea Party, the disrespect of Joe ("You lie!") Wilson of South Carolina, the unrelenting attacks by Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, among others, demonstrates that we are not living in a post-racial society, so is it possible for President Obama to be the post-racial president?

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