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Old 12-22-2008, 06:11 AM
sharkdog sharkdog is offline
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Default Re: Intellectuals in the Age of Obama

Originally Posted by BornAgainDemocrat View Post
“Speaking truth to power” strikes me as too grandiose a self-description for any serious intellectual to adopt; it makes you look ridiculous or narcissistically self-absorbed Chomsky being a good example.

In any case I think that Glenn Loury is right on this one. He is no more “a black man” than is Barack Obama except in the most superficial sense. Once you start to get acquainted with either of them – or anybody – you see a unique human being. After that the only thing that counts -- the only thing you see unless you are blind-- is the quality of his or her intellect, moral sensibility, political judgment, etc. In other words, the content of their character, not the color of their skin.

Maybe I am wrong but because he is so uniquely talented I think Obama may be leading us, or at least a lot of white Americans, into a post-racial period, at least in our politics.

Whether it will last and for how long is another matter I suppose.
The real sign that our politics is in a post-racial period would be when a black person runs for ofiice and no black person votes for him because he is black, and no non-black person votes for the other guy because they are not Black. With 94% of the black population going with their guy, it is beyond reasonable dispute that identity politics is still alive and well. Idenity politics is insanely stupid.
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