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Malcolm X is a truly fascinating figure. Because of a deep resentment towards what white Americans had done to him and his family, he preached militant black resistance. However, his independent streak kept him from adhering strictly to the lines of the Nation of Islam, the group he was a representative of. As he began to go more and more on his own path, he split with the Nation and began to preach racial tolerance and progress. He was eventually assasinated by members of the Nation.
I had only ever read his autobiography, skimmed through speeches and seen Spike Lee’s film before. I had never seen an interview with him. This interview was filmed before his break with the Nation. It’s astonishing how far this country has progressed in half a century.
Damon Weaver reminds me so much of myself. I would collect newspapers and magazines and write little newspapers of my own when I was his age. I hope he goes on to forge a career in journalism.
This may be my favorite Obama cabinet pick, next to his decision to keep Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense. I remember hearing about Shinseki’s purging for years. It was a clear example of the Bush Administration’s hostility to diversity of viewpoints.
There already appears to be a clear repudiation by Obama of the defense policies of the early Bush years. Hopefully Rumsfeld’s stains can be completely removed.
Since Bob wasn’t invited to the town hall debate on Tuesday evening, he decided to get his two cents in via Youtube.
Is there some similarity here for Barack Obama? While it seems unlikely that Obama would lose (Even a recent Fox News poll shows him leading in Ohio), there’s still a chance that various factors like prejudice, skepticism over a very liberal Democrat or a feeling among voters that they know John McCain more than Obama could lead to a McCain victory. In that case, what would he do after investing two years in campaigning, only to lose the national election?