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Huckabee’s Wise Statement On Race And Blame

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In response to Obama’s speech yesterday, Mike Huckabee displays the type of understanding we will all need to get past the issue of race:

As easy as it is for those of us who are white, to look back and say “That’s a terrible statement!”…I grew up in a very segregated south. And I think that you have to cut some slack — and I’m gonna be probably the only Conservative in America who’s gonna say something like this, but I’m just tellin’ you — we’ve gotta cut some slack to people who grew up being called names, being told “you have to sit in the balcony when you go to the movie. You have to go to the back door to go into the restaurant. And you can’t sit out there with everyone else. There’s a separate waiting room in the doctor’s office. Here’s where you sit on the bus…”

And you know what? Sometimes people do have a chip on their shoulder and resentment. And you have to just say, I probably would too. I probably would too. In fact, I may have had more of a chip on my shoulder had it been me.

Do note that last sentence. Because when it comes to the topic of race, it’s particularly important to remember that until we walk a mile in somebody else’s shoes we have no idea what their experience is. Would we be as strong in the face of slurs, bigotry and institutional bias?

In any event, well said Huck. He’s continuing to show us all why his voice could actually help bring unity to this country down the road, and I think that’s ultimately why I liked him to begin with. Ge offered a different kind of political tone, and while many dismiss that as just talk, I’ll keep on saying that “talk” is quite important when we’re trying to start a different kind of political discussion.