Author lauds legacy of King in U. lecture
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#1 Jan 18, 2008
Dr. Jemadarhi Kumara of the University of Michigan once shared a message with me concerning the role of the first black anything. He said, "We must not do anything to make it harder for others behind us to make it where we are today." I attended the University of Michigan in 1979, but I did not graduate. I wasn't the first black to attend the organization, yet I respected the words of this professor like I respect Dr. Cornel West. Dr. King blazed a trail that made it easier for the race to advance. King gave his life so that others could march through the door. I feel the discussion between Obama and Clinton is attempting to slam that door. If the wrong Brother gets in, then that door will be shut faster than the door of a KKK meeting on this confused negro. He may be on the inside, but that doesn't help anyone. As for Clinton, if he's so down with us; why would he be the last obstacle to our success? John Edwards is our best hope. Like Oprah said, "We need to find some Good White People." His issues are our issues shared from a White Man who listens. Democrats are offering "Neapolitan Ice Cream" to confuse us. They don't believe Blacks could choose vanilla if offered chocolate or strawberry. If my vanilla comes with hot fudge sauce, I'll take it! If this ends the debate about race forever, that's a victory we can celebrate. What would Dr. King do? Guarantee a seat for us all or kill the Dream in a gamble? What Black leader would have us "Roll the Dice?" Dr. West has the power to make us open our eyes to the infinite possibilities of Edwards-Obama. Hillary will never take a Black VP. It's just that simple. We don't know what Obama might do. He doesn't even run his own house.
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