He mentioned that he achieved primary victories in "states with some of the whitest populations in the country"  and in South Carolinawhere he won with the support of white and black voters.
He mentioned that he achieved primary victories in "states with some of the whitest populations in the country"  and in South Carolinawhere he won with the support of white and black voters. Obama then addressed the comments of Jeremiah Wright: I have already condemned, in unequivocal terms, the statements of Reverend Wright that have caused such controversy.
For some, nagging questions remain. Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views?
Instead, they expressed a profoundly distorted view of this country—a view that sees white racism as endemic, and that elevates what is wrong with America above all that we know is right with America Obama stated that, like other black churchesTrinity contained the full spectrum of the black community: I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community.
I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother —a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.
These people are a part of me. And they are a part of America, this country that I love. Even blacks of that generation who, like Wright, surmounted obstacles to succeed in life often remained bitter and angry about their experiences with racism.
That anger may not get expressed in public, in front of white co-workers or white friends. But it does find voice in the barbershop or around the kitchen table That anger is not always productive But the anger is real; it is powerful; and to simply wish it away, to condemn it without understanding its roots, only serves to widen the chasm of misunderstanding that exists between the races.
Obama stated that these resentments were rooted in legitimate concerns, and that dismissing them as misguided or racist only widened the racial divide and increased misunderstanding. To that end, he called for the African-American community to "[bind] our particular grievances—for better health care, and better schools, and better jobs—to the larger aspirations of all Americans" and for the white community to acknowledge the "legacy of discrimination On the one hand, the country could continue to address race "only as spectacle—as we did in the OJ trial —or in the wake of tragedy, as we did in the aftermath of Katrina —or as fodder for the nightly news.
Obama concluded his speech by relating an anecdote about a young white woman who organized for his campaign in South Carolina and the personal connection she made with an elderly black volunteer. By itself, that single moment of recognition between that young white girl and that old black man is not enough.
It is not enough to give health care to the sick, or jobs to the jobless, or education to our children. But it is where we start.
It is where our union grows stronger. And as so many generations have come to realize over the course of the two-hundred and twenty one years since a band of patriots signed that document in Philadelphia, that is where the perfection begins. Politicians, news media, members of the political punditry, academics, and other groups and individuals quickly weighed in on its significance and effectiveness.
The speech achieved immediate popularity on the video sharing web site YouTubegarnering 1. Some characterized the speech as "honest", while others speculated about its possible significance for race relations in the United States. Clinton said that she had not seen or read the speech, but that she was glad he had given it: There have been detours and pitfalls along the way, but we should remember that this is a historic moment for the Democratic Party and for our country.
We will be nominating the first African-American or woman for the presidency of the United States, and that is something that all Americans can and should celebrate.
I just think you have to speak out against that. You certainly have to do that, if not explicitly, then implicitly by getting up and moving. According to The New York TimesRichardson had decided to endorse Obama a week earlier prior to the speechbut "his decision was bolstered by Mr.
While endorsing Obama in Portland, Richardson said that "Senator Barack Obama addressed the issue of race with the eloquence and sincerity and decency and optimism we have come to expect of him He did not seek to evade tough issues or to soothe us with comforting half-truths.
Rather, he inspired us by reminding us of the awesome potential residing in our own responsibility.
Huckabee argued that Obama "handled this about as well as anybody could" and suggested that it was "a very historic speech. Sometimes people do have a chip on their shoulder and resentment.Mar 18, · Here, a transcript of the speech, titled "A More Perfect Union." Transcript: Barack Obama's Speech on Race.
Election Transcript: Barack Obama's Speech on Race. Mar 18, · On March 18, , Senator Barack Obama made his campaign-defining “A More Perfect Union” speech at the National Constitution Center.
Here’s a . Mar 18, · Here, the full text of Sen. Barack Obama’s speech, “A More Perfect Union,” as prepared for delivery. “We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.” Two hundred and twenty one.
“We the people, in order to form a more perfect union." Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words. Barack Obama’s Race Speech at the Constitution Center Transcript | National Constitution Center, March 18, "We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.".
After initiall downplaying the controversy, Obama faced it head on during his "A more perfect union" speech given in Philadelphia at the National Consitution Center.