I haven't written in a very long time....spring break, busy life. And I'm not going to write much today. I just wanted to share what I thought was a very perceptive and honest remark made by Mike Huckabee regarding Reverend Wright.
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 going to be probably the only conservative in America who's going to say something like this, but I'm just telling you: We've got to 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.
- Mike Huckabee, offering his perspective on the preaching of Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
I was out of town when most of this hit the airwaves and had to catch up when I returned home to my TV and computer. I had the opportunity, like many of you, to catch Senator Obama's historic speech about race in response to these issues on YouTube. I have to say that I have never heard a more honest, more inspiring, more convicting, more deeply TRUE speech in my lifetime. As one pundit said, he talks to us like we are adults. If you haven't listened to it in its entirety, you have missed out. I encourage you to take the 35 minutes it takes to listen.
Click here if you would prefer to read the transcript of the speech.