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Obama’s “Race” Speech Set For Tomorrow

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You knew it was coming. You knew he eventually had to talk about being black in America. You knew he had to share what that really means.

From Politico:

“I am going to be talking about not just Reverend Wright, but the larger issue of race in this campaign,” he said.

He added that he would “talk about how some of these issues are perceived from within the black church issue for example,” he said.

He also briefly defended Wright from the image that has come through in a handful of repeatedly televised clips from recent Wright sermons.

“The caricature that’s being painted of him is not accurate,” he said.

The speech could offer Obama an opportunity to move past the controversy over his pastor, and to turn the conversation to a topic he’d rather focus on: his Christian faith. But the speech also guarantees that the Wright story will continue to dominate political headlines.

Here’s why (via Rasmussen):

Most voters, 56%, said Wright’s comments made them less likely to vote for Obama. That figure includes 44% of Democrats. Just 11% of voters say they are more likely to vote for Obama because of Wright’s comments…

Overall, voters are evenly divided as to whether Obama should resign his membership in the Church—42% say that he should while 40% disagree. White voters, by a 46% to 33% margin, say that Obama should leave the Church. African-American voters, by a 68% to 16% margin, say he should not.

More so than any other speech in recent memory, this could be the start of a new chapter in the story of America. Sincerely it could. But it also has the potential to be the opening lines for the last chapter of his campaign. That’s how important this is.
But Wright has brought race to the foreground and it’s time to put a stake in the ground once and for all.

We’ll have more tomorrow.