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Obama, 1995

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The Weekly Standard’s Michael Goldfarb has another take on the 1995 profile on Obama I linked to earlier:

He shares his views on black churches and the Christian Right, and he makes clear his preference for “collective action” over individualism. And at the end, after discussing his participation in Minister Farrakhan’s Million Man March:

“But cursing out white folks is not going to get the job done. Anti-Semitic and anti-Asian statements are not going to lift us up. We’ve got some hard nuts-and-bolts organizing and planning to do. We’ve got communities to build.”

It doesn’t seem like Barack had any real problem with cursing out white folks or making anti-Semitic and anti-Asian statements, it’s just not as productive as he’d like.

I think Obama’s 1995 call for “massive economic change” is the brightest warning flare, but as Goldfarb notes, there are many to choose from. Marching with Farrakhan will raise more questions. Did many mainstream Dems join that march?

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