In Commemorative MLK Speech, President Obama Recalls His Own 2008 Dream

“The arc of the universe may bend toward justice, but it doesn’t bend on its own," said Obama.

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President Barack Obama speaks at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. spoke, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

Fifty years after the March on Washington, President Obama tried to rekindle the enthusiasm and activism that marked his rise to the White House in 2008 in a commemorative speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial Wednesday.

“Just as was true in 1963, we now have a choice,” Obama said. “We can continue down our current path in which the gears of this great democracy grind to a halt and our children accept a life of lower expectations, where politics is a zero-sum game, where a few do very well while struggling families of every race fight over a shrinking economic pie. That’s one path. Or we can have the courage to change.”

In a 26-minute address from the steps where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” address, Obama paid tribute to the civil rights activists who made his story possible. “Through boycotts and voter registration drives and smaller marches, far from the spotlight, through the loss of four little girls in Birmingham, the carnage of Edmund Pettus Bridge and the agony of Dallas, California, Memphis—through setbacks and heartbreaks and gnawing doubt, that flame of justice flickered and never died,” Obama said, offering a historical perspective but little personal reflection. “And because they kept marching, America changed. Because they marched, the civil rights law was passed. Because they marched, the voting rights law was signed. Because they marched, doors of opportunity and education swung open so their daughters and sons could finally imagine a life for themselves beyond washing somebody else’s laundry or shining somebody else’s shoes. Because they marched, city councils changed and state legislatures changed and Congress changed and, yes, eventually the White House changed.”

Obama maintained that while it would “dishonor” the sacrifice of civil rights activists to minimize the change that has transpired in the nation, it would also dishonor their legacies to suggest it was complete. The civil rights leader’s dream—and Obama’s—are as yet unfulfilled. “The March on Washington teaches us that we are not trapped by the mistakes of history, that we are masters of our fate,” he said. “The arc of the universe may bend toward justice, but it doesn’t bend on its own.”

But the challenge for Obama is how to make that change a reality. Facing a logjam in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and a Senate barely more friendly, Obama has been largely unable to drive substantial legislation since the GOP takeover in 2010. His speech largely centered on building his own legacy, in this case returning to the criticism of income inequality and declining opportunities for the least fortunate that twice propelled him to the White House. Indeed he repeated his 2008 mantra: “Change does not come from Washington but to Washington.”

But for the President who has run the country for nearly five years from the nation’s capital, Obama offered no new plan to bring his vision to fruition, instead he continued the second term strategy of declaring himself on the right side of the issues, even if he lacks the willpower and political capital to make them happen.

“For over a decade, working Americans of all races have seen their wages and incomes stagnate,” Obama said, highlighting the often overlooked component of the original March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. “Even as corporate profits soar, even as the pay of a fortunate few explodes, inequality has steadily risen over the decades. Upward mobility has become harder. In too many communities across this country in cities and suburbs and rural hamlets, the shadow of poverty casts a pall over our youth, their lives a fortress of substandard schools and diminished prospects, inadequate health care and perennial violence.”

In his remarks minutes earlier from the same microphone, former President Bill Clinton offered a veiled rebuke of the Obama, who often complains about Republicans in Congress blocking his legislative agenda. “I would respectfully suggest that Martin Luther King did not live and die to hear his heirs whine about political gridlock,” Clinton said. “It is time to stop complaining and put our shoulders against the stubborn gates holding the American people back.”

Obama’s full remarks courtesy of the White House Press Office:

THE PRESIDENT:  To the King family, who have sacrificed and inspired so much; to President Clinton; President Carter; Vice President Biden and Jill; fellow Americans.

Five decades ago today, Americans came to this honored place to lay claim to a promise made at our founding:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

In 1963, almost 200 years after those words were set to paper, a full century after a great war was fought and emancipation proclaimed, that promise — those truths — remained unmet.  And so they came by the thousands from every corner of our country, men and women, young and old, blacks who longed for freedom and whites who could no longer accept freedom for themselves while witnessing the subjugation of others.

Across the land, congregations sent them off with food and with prayer.  In the middle of the night, entire blocks of Harlem came out to wish them well.  With the few dollars they scrimped from their labor, some bought tickets and boarded buses, even if they couldn’t always sit where they wanted to sit.  Those with less money hitchhiked or walked.  They were seamstresses and steelworkers, students and teachers, maids and Pullman porters.  They shared simple meals and bunked together on floors.  And then, on a hot summer day, they assembled here, in our nation’s capital, under the shadow of the Great Emancipator — to offer testimony of injustice, to petition their government for redress, and to awaken America’s long-slumbering conscience.

We rightly and best remember Dr. King’s soaring oratory that day, how he gave mighty voice to the quiet hopes of millions; how he offered a salvation path for oppressed and oppressors alike.  His words belong to the ages, possessing a power and prophecy unmatched in our time.

But we would do well to recall that day itself also belonged to those ordinary people whose names never appeared in the history books, never got on TV.  Many had gone to segregated schools and sat at segregated lunch counters.  They lived in towns where they couldn’t vote and cities where their votes didn’t matter.  They were couples in love who couldn’t marry, soldiers who fought for freedom abroad that they found denied to them at home.  They had seen loved ones beaten, and children fire-hosed, and they had every reason to lash out in anger, or resign themselves to a bitter fate.

And yet they chose a different path.  In the face of hatred, they prayed for their tormentors.  In the face of violence, they stood up and sat in, with the moral force of nonviolence.  Willingly, they went to jail to protest unjust laws, their cells swelling with the sound of freedom songs.  A lifetime of indignities had taught them that no man can take away the dignity and grace that God grants us.  They had learned through hard experience what Frederick Douglass once taught — that freedom is not given, it must be won, through struggle and discipline, persistence and faith.

That was the spirit they brought here that day.  That was the spirit young people like John Lewis brought to that day.  That was the spirit that they carried with them, like a torch, back to their cities and their neighborhoods.  That steady flame of conscience and courage that would sustain them through the campaigns to come — through boycotts and voter registration drives and smaller marches far from the spotlight; through the loss of four little girls in Birmingham, and the carnage of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and the agony of Dallas and California and Memphis.  Through setbacks and heartbreaks and gnawing doubt, that flame of justice flickered; it never died.

And because they kept marching, America changed.  Because they marched, a Civil Rights law was passed.  Because they marched, a Voting Rights law was signed.  Because they marched, doors of opportunity and education swung open so their daughters and sons could finally imagine a life for themselves beyond washing somebody else’s laundry or shining somebody else’s shoes. (Applause.)  Because they marched, city councils changed and state legislatures changed, and Congress changed, and, yes, eventually, the White House changed.  (Applause.)

Because they marched, America became more free and more fair — not just for African Americans, but for women and Latinos, Asians and Native Americans; for Catholics, Jews, and Muslims; for gays, for Americans with a disability.  America changed for you and for me.  and the entire world drew strength from that example, whether the young people who watched from the other side of an Iron Curtain and would eventually tear down that wall, or the young people inside South Africa who would eventually end the scourge of apartheid.  (Applause.)

Those are the victories they won, with iron wills and hope in their hearts.  That is the transformation that they wrought, with each step of their well-worn shoes.  That’s the debt that I and millions of Americans owe those maids, those laborers, those porters, those secretaries; folks who could have run a company maybe if they had ever had a chance; those white students who put themselves in harm’s way, even though they didn’t have; those Japanese Americans who recalled their own internment; those Jewish Americans who had survived the Holocaust; people who could have given up and given in, but kept on keeping on, knowing that “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” (Applause.)

On the battlefield of justice, men and women without rank or wealth or title or fame would liberate us all in ways that our children now take for granted, as people of all colors and creeds live together and learn together and walk together, and fight alongside one another, and love one another, and judge one another by the content of our character in this greatest nation on Earth.  (Applause.)

To dismiss the magnitude of this progress — to suggest, as some sometimes do, that little has changed — that dishonors the courage and the sacrifice of those who paid the price to march in those years.  (Applause.)  Medgar Evers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, Martin Luther King Jr. — they did not die in vain.  (Applause.)  Their victory was great.

But we would dishonor those heroes as well to suggest that the work of this nation is somehow complete.  The arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, but it doesn’t bend on its own.  To secure the gains this country has made requires constant vigilance, not complacency.  Whether by challenging those who erect new barriers to the vote, or ensuring that the scales of justice work equally for all, and the criminal justice system is not simply a pipeline from underfunded schools to overcrowded jails, it requires vigilance.  (Applause.)

And we’ll suffer the occasional setback.  But we will win these fights.  This country has changed too much.  (Applause.)  People of goodwill, regardless of party, are too plentiful for those with ill will to change history’s currents.  (Applause.)

In some ways, though, the securing of civil rights, voting rights, the eradication of legalized discrimination — the very significance of these victories may have obscured a second goal of the March.  For the men and women who gathered 50 years ago were not there in search of some abstract ideal.  They were there seeking jobs as well as justice — (applause) — not just the absence of oppression but the presence of economic opportunity.  (Applause.)

For what does it profit a man, Dr. King would ask, to sit at an integrated lunch counter if he can’t afford the meal?  This idea — that one’s liberty is linked to one’s livelihood; that the pursuit of happiness requires the dignity of work, the skills to find work, decent pay, some measure of material security — this idea was not new.  Lincoln himself understood the Declaration of Independence in such terms — as a promise that in due time, “the weights should be lifted from the shoulders of all men, and that all should have an equal chance.”

And Dr. King explained that the goals of African Americans were identical to working people of all races:  “Decent wages, fair working conditions, livable housing, old-age security, health and welfare measures, conditions in which families can grow, have education for their children, and respect in the community.”

What King was describing has been the dream of every American.  It’s what’s lured for centuries new arrivals to our shores.  And it’s along this second dimension — of economic opportunity, the chance through honest toil to advance one’s station in life — where the goals of 50 years ago have fallen most short.

Yes, there have been examples of success within black America that would have been unimaginable a half century ago.  But as has already been noted, black unemployment has remained almost twice as high as white unemployment, Latino unemployment close behind.  The gap in wealth between races has not lessened, it’s grown.  And as President Clinton indicated, the position of all working Americans, regardless of color, has eroded, making the dream Dr. King described even more elusive.

For over a decade, working Americans of all races have seen their wages and incomes stagnate, even as corporate profits soar, even as the pay of a fortunate few explodes.  Inequality has steadily risen over the decades.  Upward mobility has become harder.  In too many communities across this country, in cities and suburbs and rural hamlets, the shadow of poverty casts a pall over our youth, their lives a fortress of substandard schools and diminished prospects, inadequate health care and perennial violence.

And so as we mark this anniversary, we must remind ourselves that the measure of progress for those who marched 50 years ago was not merely how many blacks could join the ranks of millionaires.  It was whether this country would admit all people who are willing to work hard regardless of race into the ranks of a middle-class life.  (Applause.)

The test was not, and never has been, whether the doors of opportunity are cracked a bit wider for a few.  It was whether our economic system provides a fair shot for the many — for the black custodian and the white steelworker, the immigrant dishwasher and the Native American veteran.  To win that battle, to answer that call — this remains our great unfinished business.

We shouldn’t fool ourselves.  The task will not be easy.  Since 1963, the economy has changed.  The twin forces of technology and global competition have subtracted those jobs that once provided a foothold into the middle class — reduced the bargaining power of American workers.  And our politics has suffered.  Entrenched interests, those who benefit from an unjust status quo, resisted any government efforts to give working families a fair deal — marshaling an army of lobbyists and opinion makers to argue that minimum wage increases or stronger labor laws or taxes on the wealthy who could afford it just to fund crumbling schools, that all these things violated sound economic principles.  We’d be told that growing inequality was a price for a growing economy, a measure of this free market; that greed was good and compassion ineffective, and those without jobs or health care had only themselves to blame.

And then, there were those elected officials who found it useful to practice the old politics of division, doing their best to convince middle-class Americans of a great untruth — that government was somehow itself to blame for their growing economic insecurity; that distant bureaucrats were taking their hard-earned dollars to benefit the welfare cheat or the illegal immigrant.

And then, if we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that during the course of 50 years, there were times when some of us claiming to push for change lost our way.  The anguish of assassinations set off self-defeating riots.  Legitimate grievances against police brutality tipped into excuse-making for criminal behavior.  Racial politics could cut both ways, as the transformative message of unity and brotherhood was drowned out by the language of recrimination.  And what had once been a call for equality of opportunity, the chance for all Americans to work hard and get ahead was too often framed as a mere desire for government support — as if we had no agency in our own liberation, as if poverty was an excuse for not raising your child, and the bigotry of others was reason to give up on yourself.

All of that history is how progress stalled.  That’s how hope was diverted.  It’s how our country remained divided.  But the good news is, just as was true in 1963, we now have a choice. We can continue down our current path, in which the gears of this great democracy grind to a halt and our children accept a life of lower expectations; where politics is a zero-sum game where a few do very well while struggling families of every race fight over a shrinking economic pie — that’s one path.  Or we can have the courage to change.

The March on Washington teaches us that we are not trapped by the mistakes of history; that we are masters of our fate.  But it also teaches us that the promise of this nation will only be kept when we work together.  We’ll have to reignite the embers of empathy and fellow feeling, the coalition of conscience that found expression in this place 50 years ago.

And I believe that spirit is there, that truth force inside each of us.  I see it when a white mother recognizes her own daughter in the face of a poor black child.  I see it when the black youth thinks of his own grandfather in the dignified steps of an elderly white man.  It’s there when the native-born recognizing that striving spirit of the new immigrant; when the interracial couple connects the pain of a gay couple who are discriminated against and understands it as their own.

That’s where courage comes from — when we turn not from each other, or on each other, but towards one another, and we find that we do not walk alone.  That’s where courage comes from. (Applause.)

And with that courage, we can stand together for good jobs and just wages.  With that courage, we can stand together for the right to health care in the richest nation on Earth for every person.  (Applause.)  With that courage, we can stand together for the right of every child, from the corners of Anacostia to the hills of Appalachia, to get an education that stirs the mind and captures the spirit, and prepares them for the world that awaits them.  (Applause.)

With that courage, we can feed the hungry, and house the homeless, and transform bleak wastelands of poverty into fields of commerce and promise.

America, I know the road will be long, but I know we can get there.  Yes, we will stumble, but I know we’ll get back up.  That’s how a movement happens.  That’s how history bends.  That’s how when somebody is faint of heart, somebody else brings them along and says, come on, we’re marching.  (Applause.)

There’s a reason why so many who marched that day, and in the days to come, were young — for the young are unconstrained by habits of fear, unconstrained by the conventions of what is.  They dared to dream differently, to imagine something better.  And I am convinced that same imagination, the same hunger of purpose stirs in this generation.

We might not face the same dangers of 1963, but the fierce urgency of now remains.  We may never duplicate the swelling crowds and dazzling procession of that day so long ago — no one can match King’s brilliance — but the same flame that lit the heart of all who are willing to take a first step for justice, I know that flame remains.  (Applause.)

That tireless teacher who gets to class early and stays late and dips into her own pocket to buy supplies because she believes that every child is her charge — she’s marching.  (Applause.)

That successful businessman who doesn’t have to but pays his workers a fair wage and then offers a shot to a man, maybe an ex-con who is down on his luck — he’s marching.  (Applause.)

The mother who pours her love into her daughter so that she grows up with the confidence to walk through the same door as anybody’s son — she’s marching.  (Applause.)

The father who realizes the most important job he’ll ever have is raising his boy right, even if he didn’t have a father — especially if he didn’t have a father at home — he’s marching.  (Applause.)

The battle-scarred veterans who devote themselves not only to helping their fellow warriors stand again, and walk again, and run again, but to keep serving their country when they come home — they are marching.  (Applause.)

Everyone who realizes what those glorious patriots knew on that day — that change does not come from Washington, but to Washington; that change has always been built on our willingness, We The People, to take on the mantle of citizenship — you are marching.  (Applause.)

And that’s the lesson of our past.  That’s the promise of tomorrow — that in the face of impossible odds, people who love their country can change it.  That when millions of Americans of every race and every region, every faith and every station, can join together in a spirit of brotherhood, then those mountains will be made low, and those rough places will be made plain, and those crooked places, they straighten out towards grace, and we will vindicate the faith of those who sacrificed so much and live up to the true meaning of our creed, as one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.  (Applause.)

(SPECIAL: One Dream: Explore MLK’s Historic Speech 50 Years Later)

39 comments
mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

MLK on the GOP. How right he was.

King did, however, weigh in on the Republican party during his lifetime. In Chapter 23 of his autobiography, King writes this about the 1964 Republican National Convention:

The Republican Party geared its appeal and program to racism, reaction, and extremism. All people of goodwill viewed with alarm and concern the frenzied wedding at the Cow Palace of the KKK with the radical right. The “best man” at this ceremony was a senator whose voting record, philosophy, and program were anathema to all the hard-won achievements of the past decade.

Senator Goldwater had neither the concern nor the comprehension necessary to grapple with this problem of poverty in the fashion that the historical moment dictated. On the urgent issue of civil rights, Senator Goldwater represented a philosophy that was morally indefensible and socially suicidal. While not himself a racist, Mr. Goldwater articulated a philosophy which gave aid and comfort to the racist. His candidacy and philosophy would serve as an umbrella under which extremists of all stripes would stand. In the light of these facts and because of my love for America, I had no alternative but to urge every Negro and white person of goodwill to vote against Mr. Goldwater and to withdraw support from any Republican candidate that did not publicly disassociate himself from Senator Goldwater and his philosophy.

bellemady
bellemady

@TIME it is bent by haves n have mores who stand on the backs of the have nots to bend it in a direction that leads to their continued gain

spot60spot
spot60spot

@TIME It depends who is bending it, which direction it is bending and how far it is bent, but, what's it made of?

fitty_three
fitty_three

Shorter GOP:

How dare you call us bigots, you f#,!ing m###y!

CondonKen
CondonKen

@TIME Justice what does he know of justice in any other country he would be in jail now for the crimes he has commuted against America

morgancountian
morgancountian

@TIME A lot of 'bending' in Washington has been self-inflicted by poor policy from domestic to foreign. This administration is a disaster.

mdtrf
mdtrf

@TIME Its our own acting, that will finally decide . . .

Heizzzenberg
Heizzzenberg

That's such a great speech someone else wrote for you Obama...you delivered it with such eloquent tone. 

grape_crush
grape_crush

The latter part of Zeke's post seems...well...sour. Journalistic 'balance', I guess, in that it's not possible to examine the speech itself without discussing the perceived shortcomings of the speaker.

> Obama offered no new plan to bring his vision to fruition...

Other than declaring martial law and suspending Congress, what new plan can be offered, Zeke?

> ...he continued the second term strategy of declaring himself on the right side of the issues...

Well, for the most part, Obama is on the right side of the issues...if not far enough over.

> ...former President Bill Clinton offered a veiled rebuke of the Obama...

a) Give Dr. King's heirs* the Congress and the political climate he had in '92 (or give Clinton the one Obama has now) and see how that all works out. Very easy for Clinton - who really should know better when it comes to dealing with right wing bullsht - to say it's easy to work things out.

b) If anything, it's a rebuke against all of us for not doing enough to get the Congressional obstructionists out of the way of good and necessary change.

(*all of us, really)

NickDahlheim
NickDahlheim

@TIME It would help if Mr. Obama did more to promote peace in this moment of crisis in Syria. Bombs not the answer MLK would give 4 justice

bobcn
bobcn

@PrinceROBERT15 @TIME @TIMEPolitics

If you're trying to tell us that Obama is black -- we already knew that.  If you're trying to show us that Obama is a better human being than you are -- you've succeeded.

bobcn
bobcn

@Heizzzenberg

"That's such a great speech someone else wrote for you Obama..."

I'm sure Peggy Noonan will be deeply offended that Obama has speech writers.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@Heizzzenberg  

Barack Obama, first President to use professional speech writers.

Complaints get pettier and pettier every day.

stuart_zechman
stuart_zechman

@grape_crush "for the most part, Obama is on the right side of the issues...if not far enough over."

I wouldn't go that far.

I'd say that, as a Third Way centrist, Obama has a discrete number of ideas in common with liberals at the same time that his people head an apparatus that depends in no small part on liberal energy --which requires crafting messages designed to persuade or coerce liberal support or acquiescence. 

That doesn't make him "liberal enough" or "on the right side of the issues, just not as much as we'd like," it makes his Administration successful New Democrat Network ideologues.


bobcn
bobcn

@grape_crush

"Obama offered no new plan to bring his vision to fruition..."

Given the current state of the gop, if Obama doesn't announce his plans then the gopers won't know what they're against.

ZacPetit
ZacPetit

@AbyadHind @TIME Ugh. Let's be realistic for one brief moment in your life. If you sit around praying for change to happen, it will never happen! Look at Martin Luther King, one of the most religious political leaders our country has even known. Did he just sit in a building and pray all day to make our country fair and just? No. He marched, he spoke, he acted.

Do not use God as an excuse to sit back and accept the status quo. Use your faith to fuel your actions with purpose, as Martin Luther King once did.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@bobcn @Heizzzenberg Wow you attack everyone who does like Obama and  black people. you must be black hiding behind WC Fields fat face or a white person who loves black men. you are more then just a liberal democrat you are a dark man lover you are blinded by your sexual drive. that is ok I understand we black men are sexy, but do not let that cloud your judgement for truth.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@DonQuixotic @Heizzzenberg This from the DOn of bleeding heart liberals. Obama did get is dream he fooled all you dummy liberals in to voting for is racist ass not once but twice, what a bunch of naive fools. blacks voting for him is par for the course, they would vote for OJ or even charles Manson if he were black. The white bleeding hearts along with the media wanted to make history and fell for the charming Mr. Obama hook line and sinker. Watch what he does for the MB in Syria. Morons.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@stuart_zechman @grape_crush very well said most articulate but all Bs. the man has fooled all you dummy liberals with is PC Rhetoric and you fall for it what morons, I do you feel about the MB?

Openminded1
Openminded1

@bobcn @Openminded1 @Heizzzenberg I do not care about Noonan's history you are most likely correct about her. You guys get so caught up in politics and think a democrat will be better and make a change bull crap, Rep are just has bad, I do not vote along party lines I do not care if a man or women runs if they are black white Hispanic asian or a f-midget I go by there character and as ablack I see thru Obama and see him for what he is a racist with double standard and he uses the race card like most blacks do I was brought up not to do that and never have. I am blunt I am a ass hole but I am real PC crap is bs phony politicians Rhetoric and Obama is worse the most because he showed his true color and forgot he was raised white black dad no where to be found . He got your vote made history as the first and last black President in our life times because whites will not fall for his kind of bs again it took two term but maybe the will get within the next 3 years.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@bobcn @Openminded1 @Heizzzenberg Most likely you are white no self respecting black would hide behind WC fields red FOXX maybe but not fields. I really do not care what color you are I know your a dummy liberal who thinks he knows about black people because he likes black men. F-ing black men does not make you an expert in black people. It just means you lean toward black stuff.

bobcn
bobcn

@Openminded1 @bobcn @Heizzzenberg

"...you must be black hiding behind WC Fields fat face or a white person who loves black men..."

You're obviously very concerned about the color of my skin, so which color do you think would be the right one, POS?

Openminded1
Openminded1

@bobcn @Openminded1 @DonQuixotic @Heizzzenberg You are a moron who thinks he his a WC Fields. Listen dummy if you have been keeping you would find out I am black just like Obama half and half. Your problem is you never heard a black say it like is against another black. and you are in shock because only liberal whites do that. And if you are not black ass hole how do you know what blacks would do. I am 63 years old dummy and seen  a lot of racism living in both the black and white world and as a cop for 30 years I seen a hell of lot more then you. I will tell you Obama is a charming, articulate man but he is very smart and knows how to be a OVal office closet racist, but has made a few mistakes latey and has shown is true color, now that he does not need the white vote You are the typical black who defends  a black no matter what he or she does. The race card blacks use does not help them. And if your white you are a bleeding heart liberal out of touch with the real world. You know nothing about blacks if you are white. Blacks are more racist then whites ten fold. Whites put Obama in the oval office twice along with you liberals. do some real research  you find Obamas muslim roots and lets see what happen with syria. and for your information 98-9 percent of black voters voted for Obama wonder why? Simply to have a black man in the white houseand make history. not a bad idea but for all the wrong reason . Whites on the other hand were needed to put OB in that office the black vote would not been enough moron, so I guess common sense will tell you that would be a good argument against whites being to racist. And this pos like I said served his country in Vietnam and on the real streets of a major city, not some sub burb you may have lived in. What you had a black boy friend or girl friend once so you think you are an expert on racism. what a dummy. 

bobcn
bobcn

@Openminded1 @DonQuixotic @Heizzzenberg

You call Obama a racist in the middle of your racist screed. Who do you think you're convincing with this stuff?  

"...they would vote for OJ or even charles Manson if he were black"

If you really want to find a racist -- look in the mirror, you POS.