Although many of you expressed support for Barack Obama when I first wrote about him, there were those voices of dissent. Well, for those of you who feel that Obama hasn’t shared in the African American experience, so to speak; the up-and-coming senator has a response.
This Sunday on 60 Minutes, Barack and his wife Michelle will discuss the apparent racial debate that his campaign has helped to create. Apparently, the Obamas are well aware of what people are saying.
“When asked by Kroft if growing up in a white household had caused him to make a decision to be black, Obama replies, “I’m not sure I decided it. I think… if you look African American in this society, you’re treated as an African-American. It’s interesting though, that now I feel very comfortable and confident in terms of who I am and where I stake my ground. But I notice that… I’ve become a focal point for a racial debate,” says Obama.
Obama’s wife also addresses the race issue when asked by Kroft whether she fears for her husband’s life as a black candidate. “I don’t lose sleep over it because the realities are that… as a black man… Barack can get shot going to the gas station,” says Michelle Obama. “You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.”
I say amen to that. There might be other reasons for Obama to decide not to run for president just yet, but the risk of assassination shouldn’t be one.
If our great civil rights leaders chose not to put themselves in the public eye for fear of catching a bullet, we wouldn’t be where we are today. I say a Obama candidacy stands for progress. By any means necessary.
** edited @ 9:43 p.m. — And he’s running! Now things are about to get really interesting…