As black political and thought leaders, public intellectuals and activists (here and here) gather in Virginia, Sen. Barack Obama will not be in the house.
Instead, Obama will be in Springfield, Ill., at the Old State Capitol, where he will formally announce his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The old state capitol is where Abraham Lincoln delivered his 1858 “House Divided” speech. As president, the Great Emancipator signed the Second Confiscation Act, which declared slaves contraband of war.
Frankly, the juxtaposition of these two events raises troubling questions.
Or is it a Sister Souljah moment designed to show that Obama, who straddles the racial divide, has moved beyond race? That he’s not the “black candidate.”