Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Speaking yesterday to a group of black journalists, Barack Obama hinted that while apologizing to blacks for slavery and segregation is one thing, "deeds" are what are needed.
Deeds? Just what "deeds" does he mean?
Does he mean that the US government should offer "reparations" to blacks? If so, he should come right out and say it, and not make people guess about what he wants to do.
Obama notes ‘tragic’ US past
Sen. Barack Obama, speaking to a gathering of minority journalists yesterday, stopped short of endorsing an official U.S. apology to American Indians but said the country should acknowledge its history of poor treatment of certain ethnic groups.
"There's no doubt that when it comes to our treatment of Native Americans as well as other persons of color in this country, we've got some very sad and difficult things to account for," Obama told hundreds of attendees of UNITY '08, a convention of four minority journalism associations.
The Hawaii-born senator, who has told local reporters that he supports the federal recognition bill for native Hawaiians drafted by U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, noted other ethnic groups but did not mention native Hawaiians when answering a question about his thoughts on a formal U.S. apology to American Indians.
"I personally would want to see our tragic history, or the tragic elements of our history, acknowledged," the Democratic presidential hopeful said.
"I consistently believe that when it comes to whether it's Native Americans or African-American issues or reparations, the most important thing for the U.S. government to do is not just offer words, but offer deeds."
Someone needs to sit Mr. Obama down and ask him what "deeds" means. He certainly believes that an apology is not enough...so, Senator, what IS enough? Do you support reparations for blacks?
Wanna bet the media missed this one, and won't question Obama on it?