Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

I’m sorry, I forgot you were BLACKKK!!??

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The other day, President Obama gave a speech to the State of the Union. We all know he’s a well spoken individual and he has a very powerful presence when he is addressing a crowd of people. With that said, how many people have seen our President on television and ever forgot he was black? MSNBC reporter Chris Matthews took it upon himself to comment on how much he enjoyed the President’s speech. To show his appreciation, he commeneded Barack Obama on how well-spoken he was and how good his speech was. After he said all of that, he said “the speech was so good, I forgot he was black”. After I heard what he said, I didn’t know how to feel. It’s so sad that no one can look past the fact that our President is black. This hasn’t been the only racial incident disrespecting our nation’s leader, this is just the most recent. There isn’t a way to act black, or sound black, or even give a speech black. It’s good to know Chris Matthews doesn’t expect black people to be as articulate as Barack Obama, but it isn’t good to know that he’d have the balls to go on national television and let his lips go on a racial rampage. For the sake of our country, I hope people just forget that he’s a black President and recognize him as just the President. Whether he’s black, white, green or yellow, he was appointed to do a job, and there isn’t a “black” or “white” way to do it; there’s only the right way.


Written by rphilp88

January 30, 2010 at 6:17 pm

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  1. I agree with you. It’s so sad and frustrating that many people just see another person’s skin color, and not his humanity, skills or character. It’s the 21st century, and these people are still stuck with their attitudes.


    January 30, 2010 at 6:51 pm

  2. I really couldn’t believe that someone would say that. It just reinforces the sterotypes that black people are uneducated and can not speak well. It is horrible that people asscoiate this with black people. I mean some people say he was trying to compliment him or it wasn’t that bad but to me that was just ridiculous. How can you say you forgot he was black because he gave a great speach. Apparently black people are incapable of speaking well and being educated.


    February 7, 2010 at 1:50 am

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