Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Barack and Langston

Despite my recently re-found radical feminism, I have spent the last 20 years writing/researching/teaching in African American studies.
So allusions often pop out at me:

Obama: These people are a part of me. And they are a part of America, this country that I love.

Hughes (Theme for English B): You are white---
yet a part of me, as I am a part of you.
That's American.
Sometimes perhaps you don't want to be a part of me.
Nor do I often want to be a part of you.
But we are, that's true!

On the other hand...
Obama: Instead, they expressed a profoundly distorted view of this country - a view that sees white racism as endemic...

Uh, that's a distorted view?

That said, it's a good speech overall.

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