Brotherpeacemaker raises an interesting question about why we haven't seen Obama forgive Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
Still, it is interesting that people who called Mr. Obama naïve, dangerous, a Muslim, unpatriotic, a terrorist, irresponsible, and wrong for America, are being welcomed back into the fold with open arms. People who accused Mr. Obama of trying to teach children porn, of trying to turn the United States into a socialist country by taking away rich people’s money and giving it all to the poor, of palling around with terrorist, and of being the antichrist amongst many other accusations. People who did their best to destroy Mr. Obama’s character are being forgiven.
But the one man that says Mr. Obama is who he is, a politician trying to win a political office, is just too offensive for even Mr. Obama to forgive in this new age of political enlightenment where even the greatest political devil can be made an ally.
I think that as much as I see the point BPM is making here, he misses a crucial point that complicates his argument:
Unlike the men and women who BPM cites here, the Wright situation was not anything Wright did, so much as a media circus that successfully forced Obama to scapegoat Wright.
For this reason, forgiveness is probably a non-issue for Obama. In fact, forgiving Wright would be to give him way too much credit for something that was really outside his control. He didn't do anything. It wouldn't surprise me at all if the two men have already talked this out.
The larger issue here is that, for a lot of black people, the handling of the Wright situation was a huge black mark on Obama's character. This piece, in the interest of reminding folks that that historical moment was a huge missed opportunity to speak real truth to power on race, speaks eloquently to that.