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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

He Cannot Be Serious

A tip of the hat to Mr. Hewitt for this story out of Chicago. It seems that Senator Obama attended the UNITY conference in Chicago, and acknowledged this nation's dark, "tragic" past:

Sen. Barack Obama, speaking to a gathering of minority journalists yesterday, stopped short of endorsing an official U.S. apology to American Indians but said the country should acknowledge its history of poor treatment of certain ethnic groups.

"There's no doubt that when it comes to our treatment of Native Americans as well as other persons of color in this country, we've got some very sad and difficult things to account for," Obama told hundreds of attendees of UNITY '08, a convention of four minority journalism associations.

The Hawaii-born senator, who has told local reporters that he supports the federal recognition bill for native Hawaiians drafted by U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, noted other ethnic groups but did not mention native Hawaiians when answering a question about his thoughts on a formal U.S. apology to American Indians.

"I personally would want to see our tragic history, or the tragic elements of our history, acknowledged," the Democratic presidential hopeful said.

"I consistently believe that when it comes to whether it's Native Americans or African-American issues or reparations, the most important thing for the U.S. government to do is not just offer words, but offer deeds."

Please tell us he is not serious about reparations. I know he did not say he supported giving reparations, but the subject is a lightning rod in politics, and it is due in no small part to people like John Conyers trying to bring up the subject in the Congress. See, there is a minority movement in the US to pay reparations for slavery despite the fact that it cannot be legally binding to begin with. Even if a descendant of a slave could be determined, the statute of limitations has far exceeded.

We understand that this nation has had a dark past. This includes African Americans, Native Americans, and even Japanese Americans. But let us not forget the Irish and Germans that came over here, and were immediately discriminated against because of their ethnicity. This is the central problem with have with Senator Obama playing the sympathy card. If you are going to play it for one or two groups, be prepared to play it for all because we did not just mistreat one or two groups here. We did not treat a lot of people well in the past.

But, that was in the past, and that is where the history belongs. It need not be brought back up now because there is little we can do other than offer up an apology. And no offense, I think we have apologized enough for what this nation did in it's past.



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