AFL-CIO official says racism must not block Obama victory

I just learned about this post from my good friend Wayne over at The Electronic Village, and soon as I saw it I knew I had to post it here as well in an effort to do whatever I could to spread the word about how critical it is that white racism not be permitted to trump an Obama victory. And this message is coming from a card-carrying member of the white-working class who grew up in those outer reaches of Pennsylvania where deeply embedded prejudices die hard.

  If you want to go to You Tube here and post it on your website or blogsite, I think you’d be doing a serious service to the Obama campaign.

This video is the AFL CIO’s Secretary Treasurer Richard Trumka speaking to his fellow union members straight up and direct about the essential need for the white working class to rise above racism and vote for the man who is by far the most committed to the issues that matter to them most. He says clearly that there is only one reason for them to vote against barack Obama, “and that’s a really bad reason.”

This is powerful, and the more folks we have like Trumka who are willing to confront the beast head-on – and to speak in a language regular folks understand about what is at stake – the wider the margin of victory come Nov. 4. As cynical as I tend to be, this speech left me feeling quite hopeful about the possibilities of what an Obama victory could mean, and I don’t mean policy-wise, although that’s critical. I mean in terms of the essential discussions that are already taking place between friends and family. These discussions must continue, and we need folks like Trumka to be part of that discussion.

Healing hurts, and it hurts a lot. But maybe, just maybe…

SHAMELESS PLUG: Read my wife’s blogs at The “D” Spot Redeux and BlackLiberalBoomer.


~ by Keith A. Owens on October 10, 2008.

One Response to “AFL-CIO official says racism must not block Obama victory”

  1. Thanks for posting this. We’re pleased that it has become viral because it’s such an important message.

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