Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Did I hear this right?

This was a prayer by Rev. Joseph Lowery for the Inauguration, an 87-year-old civil rights pioneer, "Where black will not be asked to get back. Where brown will stick around. Where the yellow will be mellow. Where the red man can get ahead, man. And where white will embrace what is right."

Why must it be racial? And what does this mean "where white will embrace what is right"? Shouldn't that be everyone? Why does everything always come back to race? It left a bad taste in my mouth.

Am I over-reacting? Do I have a right to be offended? Do you think this was an appropriate speech for the Inauguration?

1 comment:

leslie said...

i can see how someone would be offended, because it was kind of weird and unexpected. but, i took it as more of a joke or a light-hearted way to look at race. it helps that i was watching it in a room full of people, and everyone laughed when he said it. that was my impression - i don't think he meant any offense.