I have no problem with honoring one's cultural heritage, without which we would have no Cinco De Mayo, no Chinese New Year celebrations, no Greek and Scottish Fests. Experiencing the art and culture of other peoples enriches and enhances our lives. It enables us to understand and help bridge the gap between what we are familiar and comfortable with and the unknown. Fear and ignorance of those who are different from ourselves are contributing factors in global and personal conflict. By embracing and understanding others we can overcome those fears. But when that pride turns to divisiveness, when it encourages separation as opposed to inclusiveness, that I have major problems with.
Unlike many in my party, I believe that cultural diversity is what makes this country great. The very foundation of this nation was built through the blood and sweat of immigrants, so not acknowledging our heritage is to dishonor our ancestors. However, having said that, I also believe it is imperative that those that live or choose to live in this country adapt to our American ways; they should be, first and foremost, Americans. That includes Whites, Asians, Hispanics and Blacks.
I watched snippets from various sermons by Barack Obama's hate-filled Reverend Jeremiah Wright (Trinity United Church Of Christ) and was absolutely appalled. This is someone Barack Obama, for a full 20 years, has looked to as his spiritual advisor, and who inspired his book "The Audacity Of Hope". A man he prayed with before announcing his presidential bid. This self-same pastor who claims to be a Christian, but is the antithesis of what a Christian should be; who preaches hatred of the U.S. is a racist at heart, is virulently anti-Israel and has honored Louis Farrakhan (radical leader of Nation of Islam) with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The Louis Farrakhan who is anti-everything. I could barely listen to Wright's ranting diatribes for the few minutes on youtube, and yet, this is a man who has influenced Obama for the past 2 decades.
Do we really want a man who is a member of a racist church that encourages separation rather than integration and brotherhood? Not I!
H/T- LGF via Grouchy Old Cripple