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March 26, 2008

Waiting

Obama_ncr The editors of National Catholic Register reflect on Senator Obama's speech on race and religion:

[Barack Obama] couldn’t echo the great fathers of the civil-rights movement because, in his embrace of abortion, he has broken definitively from them.

Walter Youngers’ mother said it best in the play Raisin in the Sun. Youngers is an ambitious young black man whose wife tells him she plans to abort their new child. Youngers says nothing, but Mamma speaks up. Here’s the text taken directly from the play:

“I’m waiting to hear how you be your father’s son. Be the man he was. (Pause. The silence shouts.) Your wife say she going to destroy your child. And I’m waiting to hear you talk like him and say we a people who give children life, not who destroys them — (she rises) I’m waiting to see you stand up and look like your daddy and say we done give up one baby to poverty and that we ain’t going to give up nary another one. .... I’m WAITING.”

We’re waiting too, Barack.

(Image courtesy of National Catholic Register)

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Donna

I think that Senator Obama has many differences with civil rights leaders, and if we all read his memoir we might learn that he is not the person he is tyring to lead us to believe he is.

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