Saturday, March 08, 2008

being out of line: it's a good thing

Religion Dispatches - Is Michelle Obama Out of Line? -- I found this thought-provoking explication through links from our friend Tina Vance over at Distracted Mind. Whether it's attempts to gag the Obamas or to perform "high-tech lynchings" on the Clarence Thomases, we have a problem in this country when it comes to race-weighting contributions to the community conversations that come from our non-white neighbors. It can be insidious, and it's happening again, and we need to level the playing field quickly. As a society, we don't have time to fool around pitting one element against another; we need to get to doing truly productive work, and to do it together, as Americans, all of us.

I guess what I'm saying, odd as it sounds, is that we have to marginalize the divisive influences, and keep them from marginalizing the voices that are trying to speak the truth, without spin.

As a people, we cannot advance and prosper led by spinmeisters.

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