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Monday, September 7, 2009

The speech President Obama will give to schoolchildren all over America tomorrow - at least those whose nutty parents haven't pulled them out of school - is now online. Mediaite debunks the crazy:
This is really it. It’s very much a pep talk for kids to do their homework, mixed with some “Chicken Soup For The Soul” and a dash of stump speech rhetoric. Parents who complained about not wanting Obama to impart his political beliefs on their children have nothing to worry about. It’s apolitical and beyond mild.

Of course, this will be an enormous media story all day today and likely for the rest of the week.

Which is an enormous, and continuing, failing of the mainstream media. They're more stenographers and gossip-mongers than reporters these days as it is, but it's there job not to just say, "Oooh, look at the crazy", and to say, "Hey, everyone - these people are crazy. Here's why."

This Week in Race has already taken a stab at explaining it:
Adults talk to our children everyday without our input: teachers, firefighters, police officers, other children's parents on "career days," etc. Presumably there is no opposition to such speakers because those folks are not "strangers" -- they are members of our community. In the past, presidents of the United States were very much considered to be members of our community -- even largely in communities of color.

But this president will never be accepted as "family" or even as legitimate to many Whites. Once that is understood, it is not surprising that parents would not want their children to hear what he has to say unless and until they approve the content ahead of time. If you are not "one of us," you do not get to talk to our children.

Perhaps Obama should get Biden to do the speech. You know, to make these racists more comfortable. Because, at the end of the day, it's clear that that is what's most important to them. Using their kids as political pawns? A means to an end.


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