Inaugural Bigotry and Scapegoating
Has anyone here heard about the invocational prayer at FDR's 1932 inaugural in which the minister prayed that God will help the nation end the exploitation by the Jews of all other Americans? Or the benedictional prayer at LBJ's inaugural in which the minister asked God for help in ending the Jews exploitation of blacks. What do you think? Pretty outrageous, right? In any forum, let alone at a presidential inaugural, right? To accuse an entire ethnic segment of immorality in the form of racial (or ethnic or religious) discrimination?? What would happen if such a prayer were uttered as part of an inaugural today? Would you express outrage? Would you expect most other Americans -- in the media, on blogs, etc. -- to express outrage or at least strong criticism?
ok, I lied. No such prayers took place at FDR's or LBJ's inaugurals.
Today, in 2009, Reverand Joseph Lowery concluded his benediction at the Obama inaugural as follows:
“We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in 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 is right.”
Translation: "God, please help us end discrimination against racial minorities by ending the injustice that is still perpetrated by the white people of America".
Well people, your thoughts and opinions? I say outrageous. If you said "outrageous" when reading about my fictional FDR and LBJ inaugural prayers above, and you won't say the same about what Lowery said, please explain what is sufficiently different for your opinion to differ between the two. Yes, I'm aware that whites, in aggregate and in terms of leadership, have been dominant throughout our history and still are, and that racial minorities have been discriminated against and to a much lesser extent still are, but is that enough of a difference to justify such an ugly, blanket charge against white Americans? I say certainly not. What do you say?