Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Empathizing With "The Other"--Yes, It Is Possible

A few sensible comments about Jeremiah Wright's inflammatory political rhetoric:
As easy as it is for those of us who are white, to look back and say "That's a terrible statement!" . . . I grew up in a very segregated south. And I think that you have to cut some slack . . . to people who grew up being called names, being told "you have to sit in the balcony when you go to the movie. You have to go to the back door to go into the restaurant. And you can't sit out there with everyone else. There's a separate waiting room in the doctor's office. Here's where you sit on the bus . . . " And you know what? Sometimes people do have a chip on their shoulder and resentment. And you have to just say, I probably would too. I probably would too. In fact, I may have had more of a chip on my shoulder had it been me.
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