Maya Schueller: Of course race is an issue

Published: Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 1:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 1:31 p.m.

In light of Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s recent comments, I almost want to drop my atheist philosophies and join his church.

He speaks of "changing this world that we live in so our children and our grandchildren will have a world in which to… love in," an idea that I find inspiring and refreshing. Yet all I see in response is a bunch of rich people in suits whining, and a toady senator scrambling to win back the votes by calling his pastor of 16 years “divisive and destructive.”

While I am not black, nor can I claim to understand the issues that African-Americans face on a daily basis, I feel that I speak for a portion of the American population when I say that the words of Rev. White are nothing but the sad truth.

Blacks are still enslaved in a rigid social class system that allows virtually no room for mobility, and de facto segregation is nowhere near gone. I’m sick of people pretending that race is not an issue.

Until racism is eliminated from our lives, I vote we stop bugging the man who tells it like it is. Hopefully Sen. Barack Obama can learn a lesson from us, for he needs our votes. If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that four more Republican years can do no good.

Maya Schueller,


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