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Kevin Ferris doesn’t understand King 40 years later, let alone Obama in the now

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I read a high school drama production-turned-editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer this morning and stood aghast. Kevin Ferris truly doesn’t get it. He isn’t the story. He is a guy on the sidelines. He’s not a guy on the sidelines with a helmet, ready to go in and win the game if the true star is injured. He’s the guy watching a cable, making sure it doesn’t get snagged or tripped over as the TV camera rolls back and forth along a track.

To still be calling Barack Obama an elitist is to will ignorance stronger than any truth. A definition:

Elitism – The belief that certain persons or members of certain classes or groups deserve favored treatment by virtue of their perceived superiority, as in intellect, social status, or financial resources.
-from Dictionary.com

This doesn’t even pass the slap test. Does this describe Obama after all of the personally revealing speeches and candid responses to the media’s witch hunts? I’d say does a far better job explaining the current administration, Halliburton, KBR, no-bid contracts, deregulation and sub-prime mortgages. Having grown up in Kansas even in the 80s I can tell you first-hand, there was still major stigma about the white woman with the black child. It’s not like his mom’s struggles remove any possibility for elitism, but it’s not like those calling him an elitist care about the story that makes this man. Elitists aren’t found helping families get back on their feet after a plant closes on the south side of Chicago. Elitists aren’t passing ethics or death penalty reform, they’re deregulating our banking system and authorizing an unjust war.


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