Truth To Power: Race, Hope, Steel Edition

Ta-Nehisi Coates called the speech by the AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka  John Brown 2008 — and asked those who saw it on his blog to spread the word.

John Brown’s the wrong image, for all kinds of reasons — not least because he failed.  Barack Obama, by contrast has run perhaps the most relentlessly well thought out campaign in memory and I have hope that his outcome will be much different.

No: I think if we are making Civil War analogies, the connection here is to the key passage in Lincoln’s second inaugural address, perhaps his greatest speech, no matter how much his address at Gettysburg may steal the limelight.   There he said clearly what was known silently to everyone on either side of the line:

One-eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was somehow the cause of the war.

All knew — but so much effort was expended trying to find some other reason to fight:  “state’s rights” being the cry that persists the most strongly to this day.

And so, as Trumka says, all know the reason that some have been persuaded that for a literally unspeakable reason, they cannot vote for Barack Obama.

And then Trumka speaks that reason.  As Ta-Nehisi says, watch and share:

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