Saturday, August 30, 2008
The ONE. In his own words
From Dreams of My Father: 'I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.'
From Dreams of My Father : 'I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race.'
From Dreams of My Father: 'There was something about him that made me wary, a little too sure of himself, maybe. And white.'
From Dreams of My Father: 'It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.'
From Dreams of My Father: 'I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. It was into my father's image, the black man, son of Africa , that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself , the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela.'
From Audacity of Hope: 'I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.'
Out of the abundance of a man's heart he speaketh... Indeed.
Feel free to correct me on accuracy of quotes or context of comments.
As it stands it sorta explains how a man could sit under the preaching of one right Rev Wright for 20 years without removing himself from fellowship and finding another more committed to living love. Not to mention how one would be comfortable with William Ayers hosting fundraisers in your name.
Momma always tol' me you're known by the company you keep.