COMMENTARY: Obama is Right to Speak About the Sting of Racism

Originally posted on Black America Web:

President Barack Obama finally told his truth about being black and male in America, a powerful 19-minute testimony that black people have been waiting to hear and white people needed to know.

In a deeply personal reflection about racial polarization, Obama used his White House bully pulpit to steadfastly align himself with black men in America and share their collective pain of racial discrimination and cultural isolation.

Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” Obama said Friday in the White House briefing room.  “And when you think about why, in the African American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.”

For Obama, a man of bi-racial heritage, – his mother was white, his father…

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