He did it.
Barack Obama today gave one of the greatest speeches of our time.
He did what leaders need to do.
Speak truth about race without rancor.
He drew a big picture and put us all in it. He told a big story and made us part of the plot.
He transcended the black rhetoric that has emerged in the last couple of election cycles that makes it sound as if NO real progress has been in race relations.
He gave legitimacy to white frustrations with some affirmative action programs and entitlements.
Yet he stood by the reality that problems in the black community remain as a legacy of slavery and segregation.
He exposed societal ills but balanced them with his oft repeated theme for embracing personal responsibility.
He acknowledged publically what happens privately. People speak differently about race when with folks of their own race.
He asked us to relate to the reality that there are people in our lives whom we love deeply, but whose beliefs and expressions of beliefs we must reject.
He stated clearly that we have a choice about how we deal with race in the presidential race--and as the human race.