Instead he's taking a more perilous course. He's "talking frankly."
According to the Roanoke Times, that's more "perilous":
Obama's race and racismA perilous course? Really?
Conventional political wisdom demands that Barack Obama quit his church to distance himself from the angry, offensive racial rhetoric of its pastor, and his friend, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Obama has taken the more perilous course: to talk frankly about race in America from both the black and the white perspective and to do so before all of America, thus breaking an unspoken taboo. (link)
This - Barack Obama's advice to MSNBC not long ago - seems to offer a more bold - if not more perilous - course:
"I understand MSNBC has suspended Mr. Imus," Obama told ABC News, "but I would also say that there's nobody on my staff who would still be working for me if they made a comment like that about anybody of any ethnic group. And I would hope that NBC ends up having that same attitude."Don Imus, who doesn't have a racist bone in his body, made a crack about "nappy-headed hos," as you may recall. For that momentary lapse in judgement, the tough-talking Obama would have fired him.
He said nothing about "The US-of-KKK-Amercia."
Don Imus didn't say "God damn America."
He didn't talk about the "Great White West."
Imus didn't utter these words: "Hillary ain’t never been called a nigger."
Obama called for Don Imus to be canned. As for his church, and his mentor, Jeremiah Wright? Apparently Obama prefers to raise the dialogue to a loftier plain all of a sudden. To talk about racism in general in this country.
A perilous course? Please.
Talk is cheap. Actions would have been a whole lot more convincing.