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Obama: Constitution stained by 'sin of slavery'
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Sen. Barack Obama said Tuesday he chose to run for president because he believes "we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together."
Obama said that his belief that all people want to move in the same direction comes from his "unyielding faith in the decency and generosity of the American people. But it also comes from my own American story."
Obama emphasized his upbringing - "the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas."
"I will never forget that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible," he told an audience at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center.
"It's a story that hasn't made me the most conventional candidate. But it is a story that has seared into my genetic makeup the idea that this nation is more than the sum of its parts - that out of many, we are truly one."
Obama said that race only became a divisive issue in the campaign during recent weeks.
The United States Constitution "was stained by this nation's original sin of slavery," Obama said.
Obama has mostly avoided focusing on race during his campaign. His speech comes after spending the weekend on the defensive over racially charged statements from his former minister.
"The answer to the slavery question was already embedded within our Constitution - a Constitution that had at its very core the ideal of equal citizenship under the law; a Constitution that promised its people liberty, and justice, and a union that could be and should be perfected
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Can Presidential candidate Barack Obama overcome the Race controversy his Pastor brought to light?
Yes, his words will give great comfort to white America
No, it will worsen his position among white voters
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2719 days ago
Very powerful words unfortunately can only be uttered by an African American. Much of the speech is based on issues that can only be discussed by an African American.
2719 days ago
I don't agree. Most of what Obama said about race can only be uttered by a bi-racial American. I just think he called it as he saw it when it came to the bad things his black side of the family does and says about race. Similarly, he also called it as he saw it about the bad things his white side of the family does and says about race. I think both sides felt Obama told their side of the story (feeling of racism on the side of blacks and feeling of resentment on the side of whites). If a black talked about racism he would have been accused of overreacting to something that more the figment of his imagination or worse of drudging up old wounds. On the other hand, if a white talked about the resentment he feels about affirmative action and preferential threatening for blacks he would have been accused of being a racist.
2716 days ago
Barack Obama is not black, he is multi-racial. Although Obama is an African-American, he is not a descendant of American slavery and cannot relate to the history of struggles that have been endured by nineteenth century slaves and their off-spring. His color is a result of being part Kenyan. Without a true kinship to American slavery, his words are meaningless. I am sorry, but in the words of Malcom Little (X), you are being bamboozled.
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