Cultural Revolutions

The Speech

It was by all accounts reminiscent of the Rev. Dr. King himself and even—dare we say it?—of the Great Emancipator.  Yet whatever its emotive puissance, Barack Hussein Obama’s recent oration on race was reminiscent of King and Lincoln in more ways that one: It was a few threads of truth stitched into a tapestry of falsehood and racialist demagoguery, a disingenuous petition for reason and reconciliation, and a subtle petition for racial spoils.

The truth in Obama’s sermon, a putative answer to those who thought he should jettison his nutty and racist rabbi, Jeremiah Wright, was this: Blacks and whites are angry about race.  And that’s where the truth ended.  Though the black liberation theologian was the proximate impetus for The Speech, Obama coasted by the controversy and shuttled his wefts and warps.

Consider this statement: “Segregated schools were, and are, inferior schools; we still haven’t fixed them,” and “the inferior education they provided, then and now, helps explain the pervasive achievement gap between today’s black and white students.”  This sounds true, but it is a lie of Lincolnesque dexterity.  First, no public schools today are “segregated.”  Second, if predominantly black schools are inferior, the segregation of a half-century ago isn’t to blame, particularly given the billions of predominantly...

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