Barack Obama in a speech to minority journalists told them that America must confront it’s ‘tragic’ past.
“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.”
Obama, who appeared tired in his first major appearance since returning Saturday from a 10-day trip abroad, met with a receptive audience at the Chicago convention. Some journalists had waited three hours for the 40-minute appearance.
The group had expected Obama and Sen. John McCain to speak on Thursday night, but because of scheduling conflicts, only Obama could attend yesterday morning’s talk.
When Obama walked on stage at the McCormick Center, many journalists in the audience leapt to their feet and applauded enthusiastically after being told not to do so. During a two-minute break halfway through the event, which was broadcast live on CNN, journalists ran to the stage to snap photos of Obama.
What deeds Senator? Are we going to be paying for the sins of our ancestors? Who pays for whom? Your family comes from Africa which means your family stayed. For all we know your family sold your wife’s family to the white man. Do you pay your wife? Oh and while we are at it, my family comes from Acadia, where Massachusetts militias went up and burned our villages and practiced genocide and deportation. Do I get reparations from the General court?
Yes we can reopen racial wounds.