Quote of the Day

Barack Obama is changing the way we think about race. His inclusive message is so refreshing that, in addition to strong backing from blacks, he is drawing unprecedented nationwide support from white voters. It is so upsetting that this remarkable and historic feat is belittled as a ‘cult of personality’

-William Julius Wilson, professor of sociology and social policy at Harvard University, in The New York Times, February 13, 2008

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On Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama

Two days ago, I read a thought-provoking post written by our own Michael L. Westmoreland-White ( peace activist, Christian ethicist and theologian) entitled Why I Am Supporting Barack Obama for President. Wesmoreland-White writes, “I want to live in an America where the son of a Kenyan father and a white Kansan mother can be president. I want to know that 40+ years after the end of legal segregation, white folks, even in the South will vote for a black president;”

…Bush’s policies and actions, including: a strategy of preemptive war, ignoring or flaunting international law and undermining international institutions of peace and security (we used to call other nations which did this “rogue” nations), the torture at Abu Ghraib, and at Guantanemo Bay, “extraordinary rendition,” imprisonment without trial and in violation of the Geneva Conventions, spying on own citizens without warrant, etc., etc.

He conludes his post with another courageous statement,

The bottom line is that I believe Obama is the president we need at this time. He won’t be perfect or a savior–no politician is. But with progressive social movements to keep pushing him–and with his visionary ability to reach beyond narrow constituencies, I think electing Obama can give us back the promise of a moral America. I don’t want to be a Christian nationalist. But I would like to be a Christian who is not deeply ashamed of my country. An Obama presidency, I believe, offers that opportunity.

You may not agree with everything Michael writes; nonetheless he does have some good things to say most of the time.