Yesterday in Philadelphia, Barak Obama gave the most eloquent and powerful speech of his election campaign.
He did what most American politicians never do, he confronted the thorny issue of race divisions head on. He did it in the context of his own relationship with his church minister, the controversial Jeremiah Wright> He condemned Rev. Wright’s racist views but he refused to disown his minister personally. And he managed to elevate the whole controversey into a magnificent plea for the whole nation to come to grips with the race issue through reconciliation.
So will this speech, great though it was, be enough to put the race issue behind him once and for all? Not likely. Obama has too many critics who still have too many questions. Like, why didn’t Obama leave his church when he heard the racist views of his minister? And why does he still refuse to disown him?
And the biggest question of all: Can Obama still win the nomination dragging the ball and chain of the race issue?
Or will it sink him?