The revelation in the Daily Caller that Senator Obama gave a racially charged speech in Hampton, Virginia, to a group of black pastors in an unrecognizable dialect was discouraging but hardly surprising. This wasn’t the only nutty speech full of dishonestly and racial incitement Obama gave to a largely black audience in 2007.
The usual first responders have answered the alarm to prevent mainstream media breakout of the Daily Caller story. The old standards play on: “the speech is old news; already been played; he has a record to run on now.” Anything to avert our eyes from more evidence we have a racially infused grievance radical running the country.
Why are they so desperate to have as few people as possible see video of President Obama sounding like Al Sharpton? Why are they so quick to tell us that espousing nutty racial conspiracy theories about New Orleans and structural racism isn’t worth our time?
Because they know if enough independent, casual, middle-class voters in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Iowa saw the video, Obama would be finished. Americans voted for Obama because they wanted to put race in the past. As Shelby Steele has described, Americans bargained with Obama: if Obama put race in the past, Americans were willing to put him in the White House.
Unfortunately, Obama’s racialist rant in Hampton, Virginia, wasn’t the only one. In my book Injustice, I document in great detail his appearance in Selma, Alabama, in March of 2007. At this event, he behaved and spoke in a similar way as he did in the Hampton video released yesterday. Selma was where Obama shared a podium with New Black Panther Party chief Malik Zulu Shabazz. It is where uniformed New Black Panthers traveled from across the country to march with candidate Barack Obama across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
Selma in March 2007 was a critical time for Obama’s infant candidacy. He had just appeared on 60 Minutes, where he was questioned about being “authentically black.” So Obama went to a packed Brown Chapel AME Church, where he was greeted. From Injustice:
Then, a woman stepped forward and uttered a shocking welcome address. “My name is Pastor Estella Shabazz.… My husband, he’s stuck outside, he couldn’t get through the crowd, I bring greetings from him also, who is the National Spokesman of the New Black Panther Party, along with the Chief of the New Black Panther Party is outside also, they are also here in support of Senator Barack Obama.”
Sure enough, they were there. Malik Zulu Shabazz, the man who would later get a pass from Eric Holder’s Justice Department in the voter intimidation case, was there. So was “Field Marshal” Najee Muhammad, a man seen in a Panther video called “Training Day” in which he encourages blacks in DeKalb County, Georgia, to don ski masks, lie in wait behind shrubs, and kill police officers with AK-47s. Following that exhortation he mocks the hypothetical victims’ grieving widows.