Thursday, 28 February 2008

Slavery guilt and Obama ...

Trevor Phillips in Prospect. Barack Obama will stall a post-racial America....

Whites are only voting for him because of 'slavery guilt' and Obama is exploiting that according to Phillips. Mr Phillips is head of our Equalities Body the Commission for Equality and Human Rights in the UK and is a major public figure.

Nobody is saying that the election of Obama would sweep away the racial divide- certainly not Mr Obama himself. But it might just get people to look at things in a different way.

Certainly, the 'whites' I spoke to in Virginia and Maryland weren't that bothered about race as an issue at all. In fact, it wasn't mentioned once. Leadership, approach to Iraq, changing politics, all were mentioned. I think Mr Phillips is feeling unloved and wants a bit of attention....

POST SCRIPT: Mr Phillips has received a ringing endorsement for his article. See the blog on the Prospect website. Well done, Trev. Prospect had a very well argued article by Robert Reich about Barack Obama's candidacy which they demoted under Trev's article. I would recommend buying this issue of Prospect for the Reich article which is excellent and for other pieces (Mark Leonard's piece on China is fascinating.) Just have a bit of a giggle at the Phillips article ( and maybe feel a bit of concern that he is Chairman of our public equalities and human rights body.)

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