A most telling reference in Barack Obama's speech was about his white grandmother being frightened at the sight of a Black man. Barack is an African-American who grew up in the white society and culture of Kansas. His Kansas mother's side of the family raised him after his Kenyan father left the family. Rev. Wright supplies Barack with the Black-American point-of-view missing from his childhood and young adulthood. Rev. Wright, a Harvard man like Barack, gains credibility as he fulfills Barack's desire to be around men and women with whom he feels comfortable. Any American can identify with having a white grandmother being afraid of Blacks. Very very few Africans can identify with having a white grandmother being afraid of Blacks. Rev. Wright provides the "Roots" perspective in educating Barack in the Black American (not African-American) experience and ways of thinking.
Curious as to how these tapes became so suddenly unearthed, intact as they are. Could well be that the Rev. Wright had a hand in planning their release. More and more people across America - whether white or Black - are now coming to know Rev. Wright. And his comments. The good Reverend has expanded his pulpit.
Barack is to be commended for criticizing Rev. Wright's comments without criticizing Rev. Wright himself. He rejected the gift but continues to respect the giver.
Short term consequences will affirm that Barack has a genial, conciliatory and inclusionary nature that lets him listen to comments he may find disagreeable. Long term consequences depend, in part, on the irrepressible Rev. Wright. Relieved that these tapes did not come out in late October were Barack the Democratic Party nominee.
While not hearing the entire speech, I heard sound bites on radio and read a summary. Barack apparently referenced the majority of Americans being victimized by entrenched corporate and governmental interests. May well be his opportunity to emerge from the quandary and address issues that concern many more Americans than those who'd prefer to dwell on Rev. Wright's remarks.