By Ben Cohen
Former NAACP leader Rev. Joseph Lowery delivered delivered the inaugural ceremony’s benediction for Obama, and used a rather witty poem that had the audience laughing heartily. He rhymed:
“We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked
to give back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow,
when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what
Our favorite Right Wing screecher Michelle Malkin, no doubt sick to her stomach over Obama’s election, could not resist injecting her venom into the inaugural events. On her blog she wrote:
was marred by glib racialism.
The “white would embrace the right?”
Who wrote that line? Jeremiah Wright? And what would Obama’s grandparents and mother have to say?
Like I said last night: Feel the post-racialism!
I’m not sure how anyone could read Lowery’s poem as being racist towards white people given his funny descriptions of Native Americans (Red Man) and Asians (Yellow). We must also remember that Lowery has spent a life time fighting the deep racism in American society, and has done much to help the ‘White Man’ embrace what is right (something he hasn’t always done on his own accord). Racial divisions still permeate American society, and to pretend otherwise would be foolish. But then again, we are talking about Michelle Malkin, a Filipino woman who wrote a book arguing the merits of locking up Asians during WW2.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.