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06 August 2008

Nigh, the end is

So, page A1 in the Sunday Times was a real uplifting read, if you find yourself uplifted by further evidence of the proximity of today to Apocolypse Tuesday. (Don't know why, but I always figured the locusts would arrive before Hump Day, but not at the start of the work week). We have:
-- our fine nation deporting people while STILL IN their hospital beds,
-- The Man trying to say Bruce E. Ivins actually killed himself (with the paper accepting such),
-- globalization getting slammed by oil prices (ok, maybe that's good, but the oil thing? One of the horsemen, fo sho), and

-- jellyfish taking over the oceans!!!

Things look good, oh yes they do. But buried as deeply as something can be buried on the front page of the Sunday New York Times is a passage in a story about Obama and the "delicate path" he must walk when it comes to class and race preferences. I'd argue that this one sentence summarizes absolutely everything that divides Americans rich and poor, black and white. And its an issue we'll need to talk about, openly, if we're to continue developing in -- dare I say -- a post-globalization world?

"... in his presidential campaign, [Obama] has unsettled some black supporters by focusing increasingly on class and suggesting that poor whites should at times be given preference over more privileged blacks.
His ruminations about shifting the balance between race and class in some affirmative action programs raise the possibility that, if elected in November, he might foster a deeper national conversation about an issue that has been fiercely debated for decades. He declined to comment for this article. ...
During a presidential debate in April, Mr. Obama said his two daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, “who have had a pretty good deal” in life, should not benefit from affirmative action when they apply to college, particularly if they were competing for admission with poor white students."

Think about it, haters.


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