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vendredi 3 octobre 2008
"Most Important Speech on Race since MLK's "I have a dream" "- True? March 18, 2008 - Obama
Like my heading suggests, people have called this the most important speech on race in the U.S. since Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" during the Civil Rights Movement.
Obama's speech is so subtle, that I will admit to needing help to truly understand its message.
After speaking about the history of legalized segregation and slavery, Obama says it still has an effect on blacks today: "William Faulkner once wrote "The past isn't dead and buried. It isn't even past." "
"There were many who were ultimately defeated [by discrimination... ]That legacy of defeat was passed on to future generations."
"For the men and women of Rev. Wright's generation, the memories of doubt and fear have not gone away nor has the bitterness of those years."
"The fact that so many people are surprised to hear that anger in some of Rev. Wright's sermons simply reminds us of the old truism that "The most segregated hour of American life occurs on Sunday morning." "
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